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Ukraine, Russia nonetheless ‘far from’ peace negotiations, says Scholz

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The German Chancellor additionally mentioned that Ukraine wanted large monetary assist to rebuild after the devastation wrought by Russia’s invasion

The German Chancellor additionally mentioned that Ukraine wanted large monetary assist to rebuild after the devastation wrought by Russia’s invasion

Ukraine and Russia are a good distance from ending the struggle by negotiations, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz mentioned on Wednesday, including that President Vladimir Putin nonetheless wrongly believed he might dictate the phrases of peace.

“The truth is, we are far from negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. Because Putin still believes in the possibility of a dictated peace,” Mr. Scholz mentioned in an tackle to German lawmakers.

The German Chancellor additionally mentioned that Ukraine wanted large monetary assist to rebuild after the devastation wrought by Russia’s invasion whereas including that the reconstruction could be a “task for generations”.

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Citing the U.S. initiative to assist western Europe rebuild after World War II, Mr. Scholz mentioned he had invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to take part within the G7 summit beginning this Sunday, to “agree on what such a ‘Marshall Plan for Ukraine’ would look like”.

During his go to to the war-scarred Ukrainian city of Irpin final week, Mr. Scholz mentioned he had seen a degree of devastation that “reminded me of images of Germany after the Second World War”.

“And like war-destroyed Europe then, Ukraine needs a Marshall Plan for its reconstruction,” he mentioned, forward of back-to-back summits gathering EU, G7 and NATO leaders within the coming days.

While the European Union has already mobilised billions for Ukraine, the nation would require many extra billions within the subsequent yr, Mr. Scholz mentioned.

The monetary wants can solely be coated with the participation of worldwide organisations and different massive donor nations, he mentioned.

Mr. Scholz underlined that backers of Ukraine should be ready to take care of their help for a very long time.

For now, Ukraine and Russia are “still far from negotiations… because (Russian President Vladimir) Putin still believes in the possibility of a dictated peace”, he mentioned.

To assist Kyiv push out Russian invaders, “it is… important that we stay firmly on course — with our sanctions, with internationally coordinated arms deliveries, with our financial support for Ukraine”.

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