Vil­nius in­vites Canada to en­gage in Ukraine re­build­ing pro­gramme

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Lithua­nian politi­cians are invit­ing Canada to join a long in­vest­ment pro­gramme for the sup­port of Ukraine that would bring more in­vest­ment to the large East­ern Euro­pean coun­try, which de­fends its ter­ri­tory from pro-Krem­lin rebels in a war since 2014.

Ukrainian news agency UNIAN re­ports cit­ing the Globe and Mail that Lithua­nia re­mains con­cerned about Rus­sia’s con­tin­u­ing ef­forts to desta­bi­lize Ukraine and the idea, spear­headed by for­mer Lithua­nian prime minister An­drius Ku­bil­ius, has been likened to the Mar­shall Plan aid ini­tia­tive that helped re­build Western Europe af­ter the Sec­ond World War.

One im­por­tant ob­jec­tive would be to re­place old Soviet-era in­fra­struc­ture in Ukraine and make other highly vis­i­ble in­vest­ments that demon­strate to Ukraini­ans the West is play­ing a key role in their re­cov­ery and thus might be use­ful pre­vent­ing the rise of anti-Euro­pean politi­cians.

Over 1.3 million Cana­di­ans, with the coun­try’s For­eign Af­fairs Minister Chrys­tia Free­land among them, have fam­ily roots in Ukraine, to which Canada has lent nearly 627 bil­lion eu­ros in the past decade.

REUTERS/SCANPIX

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