The heads of the U.S. and Lithuanian military departments discussed a number of issues, including Russia’s destabilizing actions in Eastern Europe.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met at the Pentagon with Lithuanian National Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas to confirm the strength of bilateral relations between the United States and Lithuania, the Pentagon announced.

“They discussed a wide range of issues, including Russia’s destabilizing actions in Eastern Europe, unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, challenges and opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as the further deepening of long–standing defense ties between the United States and Lithuania,” Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said.

“The Minister praised Lithuania for its principled leadership in supporting and defending democratic values and thanked Minister Anusauskas for the excellent training and support of the U.S. forces in Lithuania on a rotational basis,” Kirby added.

The defense ministers discussed future joint operational deployments, expanding cooperation in cyberspace and defense procurement, a Pentagon spokesman said.

They signed an agreement on mutual defense procurement to improve conditions for mutual industrial cooperation, purchase of defense goods and increase interoperability between the armed forces of the United States and Lithuania.