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The three summits provide a test of Ukrainian-dominated Western unity

Berlin-At next week's three consecutive summits, as Western determination to supportUkraine, geopolitical tensions and rising economies Test the degree of international unity of. Pain casts an increasingly long shadow.

On Thursday and Friday, European Union leaders will meet in Brussels to consider making Ukraine a formal candidate for membership. From Sunday to Tuesday, a group of seven major economic powers will host their annual summit in Germany. Immediately afterwards, NATO leaders gathered in Madrid, and there was a great deal of confrontation over the desire to join Finland and Sweden.

27 EU member states appear to be on the path to morale that Ukraine has longed for in the face of Russia's aggression. However, the prospect that NATO countries will soon break Turkey's opposition to the accession of the Nordic countries seems uncertain at best.

Meanwhile, German Prime Minister Olav Schorz, in welcoming G's leaders, fights climate change and global hunger during periods of angry inflation and rising fuel instability, long-term to Ukraine. I want a united front line for support. -7 — USA, Germany, France, Italy, UK, Canada, Japan and even EU — to the Bavarian Alps.

"Now is the time for people around the world to work together to defend democracy and freedom, human rights and a liberal society," Scholz said before the summit.

"Freedom has a price, democracy has a price, solidarity with friends and partners has a price, and we are ready to pay this price," he said. Sanctions against Russia are also home. Assistance to Ukraine will continue "as long as Ukraine needs our assistance," he said.

Making Ukraine a candidate for EU membership now seems convinced after the first question about moving very fast among some members. The European Commission, the executive body of Brock, recommended this step last week shortly after leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Romania visited Kieu and endorsed the bid.

Ukraine will receive the necessary unanimous approval, according to some EU diplomats who spoke anonymously on private discussions before the summit.

"We have a very clear direction," said one diplomat. "It will be like a pre-marriage engagement."

It's likely a long involvement, years or even decades. Above all, Ukraine will have to implement reforms in the rule of law and the fight against corruption.

Ukraine is also expected to dominate the G7 Summit at the idyllic and proven Alpine venue. US President Joe Biden and other leaders will meet at a secluded Schloss Elmau luxury hotel where Germany hosted the final G7 summit in 2015.

Last month, the G7 Finance Minister agreed to provide $ 19.8 billion. Economic assistance to Ukraine to maintain the functioning of basic services and prevent tight finances from interfering with defense against Russian troops.

At Elmau, Schortz wants to consider a long-term outlook for reconstruction and a global strategy, such as what the "Ukrainian Marshall Plan" will look like. Leaders also evaluate how well sanctions against Russia are working.

G7 leaders are also expected to discuss how to reinvigorate Ukrainian food exports and the broader issues of global food security.

To extend the scope of the summit, Germany has invited leaders from Senegal, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Argentina. This is a choice to reflect the influence of the region and the importance of “resilient democracy”. German officials seem to want to gradually bring such countries closer to the Western view of sanctions on Russia.

Ukrainian President Zelensky will attend the NATO meeting Tuesday-Thursday with G7 leaders on videolink. It was not immediately clear whether Zelensky would also appear there the night before the EU summit.

U.S. officials talking about conditions of anonymity to preview the summit say Ukraine is at the forefront of next week's conversation and the U.S. and its allies have new suggestions to increase pressure on Russia. Minimize the spillover to allies that said they would announce, and strengthen support for Ukraine.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stortenberg has called for a summit of military alliances of 30 countries as a "historic" opportunity to strengthen it in the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Greater military involvement is expected on the eastern side of the block adjacent to Russia and its ally Belarus. The Alliance's 10-year strategic concept is likely to refocus on checking China's military ambitions. Authorities have warned that it has spread beyond Asia to Africa.

But the summit also promises to emphasize the difference. Turkey has stagnated the rapid entry of Sweden and Finland and is urging both to change their position on the Kurdish rebels that Turkey considers to be terrorists.

Sweden and Finland have been invited to Madrid, but it is not clear if Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will soon be upset. German officials are convinced that Berlin can find a solution, subject to anonymity in line with the rules of the department, but "Given historical aspects, it's great if a few more weeks are needed. It's not a disaster. "

After returning with a bipartisan delegation from the Senate Intelligence Committee from a trip to Finland, Latvia and Turkey, US Senator Angus King will be able to reach the resolution immediately on Tuesday. Said it was premature to say. But that probably won't be done by Madrid.

While Ukraine dominates the preparation for the summit, leaders also have other priorities.

Schortz wants guests to participate in the international "Climate Club" proposal at the G7. He said he is aiming to take advantage of the German presidency to turn the G7 into the "core" of such clubs.

Last month, G7 ministers aimed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector by 2035, aiming for a "highly decarbonized road sector by 2030." Announced that. And for the first time, they realized the need to provide additional financial assistance to developing countries to deal with the losses and damages caused by global warming.

Activists want something more specific.

Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate said, "Overseas fossil fuel finance," said leaders in fear of retreating in scramble to secure Russian gas alternatives. We need to reaffirm their commitment to end. "


Samuel Petrekin of Brussels, Joseph Wilson of Barcelona, ​​Spain, and Zeke Miller of Washington contributed to this report.