Vilnius invites Canada to engage in Ukraine rebuilding programme
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.