Scholz: The G7 will support Ukraine for as long as necessary

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BERLIN – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the Group of Seven Leading Democracies would make it clear at its upcoming summit that Ukraine can expect to receive the support it needs “as needed”.

In an interview with the German news agency dpa on Saturday, Scholz said he wanted to use next week’s meeting with fellow G7 leaders in the Bavarian village of Elmau to discuss Ukraine’s long-term prospects.

“We will continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary,” Scholz was quoted as saying. “We want to make sure that the calculations of the Russian president (Vladimir Putin) do not work.

“Putin is obviously hoping that everything will fall into place once he has seized enough land and the international community returns to its usual business,” he added. – This is an illusion.

Scholz said he and his counterparts from France, Italy and Romania had discussed with President Vladimir Zelensky further arms supplies to Ukraine – in particular ammunition and artillery. during their visit to Kyiv on Thursday.

The four leaders also backed Ukraine’s bid for EU membership, a position Scholz said he hoped all bloc countries would support at a meeting in Brussels next week.

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