UK to host 2023 Ukraine Recovery Conference in Lugano


Britain will host a conference next year aimed at helping Ukraine recover from the damage caused by the Russian invasion, the Foreign Office has said, as nations gather in Switzerland for the event of This year.

The Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022) starting Monday in Lugano will discuss how to rebuild Ukraine, bringing together a Ukrainian delegation with representatives from other countries, international organizations and civil society.

Britain said it was working with Ukraine and others to host next year’s conference, and would sit on an oversight board to help with coordination between Ukraine and its allies. on stimulus measures. An office will be established in London.

“We led support for Ukraine during the war and will continue to support the Ukrainian government’s reconstruction and development plan,” Foreign Minister Liz Truss said in a statement.

“The recovery of Ukraine after Russia’s war of aggression will be a symbol of the power of democracy over autocracy. It will show [Russian President Vladimir] Putin that his attempts to destroy Ukraine have only produced a stronger, more prosperous and more united nation.”

Russia says what it calls a “special military operation” is aimed at protecting Russian speakers in Ukraine from nationalist or neo-Nazi persecution. Ukraine and its Western allies say this is a baseless pretext for a war of imperial conquest.

The Foreign Office said Britain had been asked by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to champion the takeover of Kyiv and the surrounding region. Britain has pledged to use its expertise in the financial sector to help attract investment to Ukraine.

Britain has already agreed to provide $1.5 billion in guarantees for multilateral loans and more than 100 million pounds ($120 million) in bilateral support.


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