The head of the Lithuanian Seimas, Viktoras Pranckietis said that the so-called “Marshall plan for Ukraine” found the political and financial support in EU countries. According to him, Vilnius was and remains “an advocate of” independence in Europe the issue of integration and to counter “Russian aggression”. However, the Brussels has not yet confirmed the intention to Finance Kiev.
The idea of financial support for Ukraine appeared at the end of March this year after the next Congress of the European people’s party (EPP) in Malta. Then the members of the EPP called on EU States to provide Kiev military, humanitarian and economic assistance, as well as to launch a broad package of investment programs. The money should go to support reforms in the Square, so that the country can quickly integrate into the European space.
That the Ukrainian “Marshall plan” was supported by Brussels Pranckietis said during a meeting with Prime Minister Square Volodymyr Groysman on Thursday. The plan itself will be presented in November at the summit of “Eastern partnership”. The former Prime Minister of Lithuania Andrius Kubilius said that the document was already coordinated in Washington, where he was well received. According to him, a long-term plan will allow to allocate in the Ukrainian economy up to five billion euros per year. This amount will allow Ukraine ostensibly to raise annual economic growth to 6-8 per cent from the current two.
Despite the loud statements of Lithuanian politicians, Paris and Berlin still has not commented on the idea of Vilnius. Given the fact how slow in the Square reforms that require the IMF to provide another loan, then talk about extra injections into the economy of Ukraine is extremely premature. However, Lithuania is not going to stop, and tries to persuade Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron of the need for a “Marshall plan” for Ukraine. However, according to Ukrainian and Russian experts, the chances of approval by Berlin and Paris plan of Lithuania is, however, to talk about a serious financial assistance is not necessary.
Vladimir ZHARIKHIN, Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS countries:
“European “Marshall plan” is now in full swing, but in relation to a completely different country — Greece. They first need to deal with them. The desire to help may be there, but the extra money to Ukraine. Lithuania country in terms of statements absolutely irresponsible. Their spokesman can say anything that will be pleased to hear the receiving side.”
Mikhail POGREBINSKY, Director of Kiev center of political researches and conflictology:
“As long as I don’t know all the details it is difficult to say whether will find support in Europe, the idea of Lithuania. However in principle financial support of Europe Ukraine can provide. Not least because there was a large country, which was previously in the zone of influence of Russia, and is now joined in the European Union and the United States. However, I doubt it will be large-scale funding in the amount of tens of billions of dollars and five billion to Ukraine not enough, so this is not a “Marshall plan””.