The G7 will discuss “Marshall Plan” for Ukraine

© Provided by Associated Press German Chancellor Olaf Scholz leaves the podium after his speech at the German parliament Bundestag at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (Markus Schreiber/AP Photo)

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of the Group of Seven nations will meet in Germany for their future summit, according to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who said he wanted to discuss the general concepts of a “Marshall plan for Ukraine.”

When he holds the annual G-7 summit in Bavaria the following week, Scholz aims for a unified front on long-term support for Ukraine. The United States, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan make up the group of the world’s top economic powers.

“Rebuilding Ukraine will be a challenge for centuries,” the chancellor told the German parliament. He remarked, in reference to his recent visit to the heavily combative Kyiv suburb of Irpin, “certain things there remind not just me of the photographs of German cities during World War II.”

Like Europe then, “Ukraine today needs a Marshall plan for its rebuilding,” Scholz said — referring to the U.S.-sponsored plan that helped revive European economies after WWII.

Years of reconstruction will cost billions of dollars, and only cooperation among European countries, other major donors, and international organizations can make that happen, according to Scholz. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, has been asked to a Monday video conference with the G-7 leaders to discuss the issue.

© Provided by Associated Press On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives for a speech at the Bundestag at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany. (Markus Schreiber/AP Photo)

In addition to finance, he continued, “we must agree… what such a ‘Marshall plan for Ukraine’ can look like. How we decide in the future which investments will help Ukraine come closer to Europe will depend on how we organize it internationally.

Scholz stated that he will push for the holding of a high-level expert conference on Ukraine under the auspices of Germany’s G-7 leadership with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

European Union leaders are expect at a summit Thursday and Friday to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate for membership, kicking off a progress that will likely take years and whose success isn’t guaranteed.

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