May 15, 2022 11:43 pm

The Government values ​​Russia’s maneuvers as “a threat to peace”




The Government of Spain diagnoses the crisis in Ukraine as “a serious issue that affects the security of Europe, but also international legality.” The Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, has assured that Spain is “prepared for any eventuality” during his appearance before the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Congress of Deputies.

Albares explained the conclusions of the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the European Union in Brussels. Which starts from a basic premise: “Respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”. The head of Spanish diplomacy has said that the concentration of 100,000 troops in addition to offensive military material such as tanks that Russia has mobilized near the Ukrainian border represents “a deployment that is not justified for defensive reasons.”

The conclusion of the European partners is that Russia makes a series of requests that are not acceptable. The first of these is to ensure that Ukraine and no other country of the former Soviet Union can join NATO. In addition to the withdrawal of all NATO troops in countries that joined in 1997, for example Poland. “A completely unusual military deployment and demands that are aimed at isolating Ukraine from the West, blocking the expansion of NATO and consolidating a military bloc in the territories of the former Soviet Union“, Albares has summarized, who has summarized the position russian like “unacceptable and a threat to peace”. Defending that any dialogue “can only start from the basis that Ukraine is sovereign and autonomous”, something that Russia “has been violating since 2014”.

Albares has assured that for the moment the borders remain open and that the air connections work normally. The minister has assured that he is in contact with the Spanish community in the country but that “for now” “no evacuation operation” is contemplated. He has reported that there are currently 534 Spaniards in Ukraine, 240 of whom are in Kiev, while another 54 reside in “especially sensitive” border areas, in addition to eleven who are in the separatist regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.

The minister has valued the unity within the European Union and in NATO in an appearance in which he has been very tough with Moscow’s positions. And he has pointed out that the response is based on four principles: diplomacy, de-escalation, relaxation and also deterrence. “Spain’s position coincides with that of all our European and NATO partners,” said the minister, who insisted that from the outset “we are committed to dialogue and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.”

The head of diplomacy has defended that this dialogue must be accompanied by the conviction that deterrence “will have a massive cost”, pointing to the policy of sanctions in the first place when referring to “means other than the military”. The minister has defended that the deployment of the Spanish troops has parliamentary authorizations because it was already planned “beyond some specific advance”, highlighting that they occur in NATO territories and in international waters.

The minister has appeared in the Foreign Affairs Committee of Congress in a night session that did not start until 8:00 p.m. Time at which the plenary session has ended. That fit has been sought due to Albares’s international agenda, which will not be in Madrid again until next Friday. During the weekend, the minister registered a request to go to Congress, already anticipating at that time that for agenda reasons he could only do so this Tuesday.

The Government has focused in recent days on pointing out that it is time for dialogue and diplomacy to facilitate the de-escalation with Russia. But Moscow’s position is that Ukraine should not join NATO. And in the Executive they have already indicated that “Russia cannot tell any country what it can do” and that NATO is going to “defend any country that wants to enter” the organization, the Defense Minister raised this morning, Margaret Oaks .

The PP today has focused on the appearance tended by the President of the Government, Peter Sanchez. “It is Sánchez who must appear before the plenary session of Congress and clearly explain the Government’s position on the Ukraine crisis,” said the PP spokesperson in the Congress of Deputies, Cuca Gamarra, this morning. Something that the Government discards at the moment.

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