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Summits will test Western support for Ukraine

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Three consecutive summits over the next week will test the resolve of West to support Ukraine and the scope of international unity, while the growing geopolitical tensions and the economic cost cast an ever longer shadow.

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The leaders of the European Union (EU) they will meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to officially consider making Ukraine a candidate for membership. From Sunday to Tuesday, the Group of Seven major economic powers will hold its annual summit in Germany. Immediately afterwards, the leaders of the NATO will meet in Madrid, with an internal confrontation over the membership applications of Finland Y Sweden.

The 27-nation EU appears to be on track to give Ukraine a much-needed morale boost in the face of encroaching Russian troops. However, at the NATO summit, the prospects of countries breaking Turkey’s opposition to Nordic membership seem uncertain, at best.

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Between the two meetings, the German chancellor Olaf Scholz hopes to rally a united front in long-term support for Ukraine, the fight against climate change and world hunger at a time of runaway inflation and rising fuel insecurity when he welcomes leaders to the Bavarian Alps of the G7: Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, in addition to the EU.

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“Now is the time when (those) around the world who stand for democracy and freedom, human rights and liberal society must come together”Scholz said before the three summits.

“Freedom has its price, democracy has its price, solidarity with friends and partners has its price, and we are prepared to pay that price”he said, acknowledging that sanctions against Russia are also causing problems at home. Support for Ukraine will continue “As long as Ukraine needs our support”he added.

As for the EU summit, it seems certain that Ukraine will become a candidate for membership, after initial doubts among some members about such rapid progress. The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, recommended the move last week, shortly after the leaders of Germany, France, Italy and Romania visited kyiv and endorsed their offer.

According to several EU diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity about the closed-door talks ahead of the summit, Ukraine will receive the required unanimous approval.

“We will give a very clear direction”revealed a diplomat. “It will be a bit like an engagement before marriage.”

Source: Gestion

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