The Secretary General of Unidas Podemos and Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarrahas warned this Wednesday that the shipment of Leopard tanks to support the war in Ukraine could provoke “a response dangerous and unpredictable by Russia”. “Many experts are alerting us that the deployment of the Leopards would only contribute to the escalation of the war”, he pointed out.
The minority partner of the Government has always been against participating in the war. During an act held during the conference ‘Materializing social rights: progress and challenges’ of EAPN Spain, the minister has opted to “lead the diplomatic channel” and seek peace “negotiating and de-escalating”that is, by not sending more weapons.
Thus, Podemos finds support in the rest of the government partners. Groups such as ERC or EH Bildu are not only against providing these tanks, but also consider that a decision of this magnitude should be debated in Congress, something that, at least to this day, the Government rules out. “It’s a first year of democracy,” he said Gabriel RuffianERC spokesperson.
Belarra’s forecasts are in line with those of the former socialist minister Javier Solanawho nevertheless has celebrated the news. The former head of Foreign Affairs, the only Spaniard who has been in charge of NATO, has outlined that the decision is positive, but has also warned that “may have consequences”. “Let’s see how he responds Putin,” he said.
The government’s decision to send part of its Leopard tanks to Ukraine after Germany decided to lift the veto has caused a new clash between We can and the PSOE. This same morning, the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, affirmed that “it would not be understood that we were in another place.”
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“Spain has to be where it is Germany, France or USA. Spain has international commitments and is where it needs to be,” said Bolaños in a position that has the support of the PP.
The Government of Spain has decided, after long days of reflection, to donate a limited part of the Leopard tanks of the Spanish Army to the Ukrainian troops. The initiative of Germany to send its armored vehicles, after months of debate and strong pressure from the allies, finally encourages Spain to take the same measure.
The armored vehicles of the Armed Forces will be part of a large donation that NATO is going to make to help Zelenski’s troops face the counteroffensive that he plans for the beginning of spring.
As EL ESPAÑOL has been able to confirm, the details are already being outlined about which will be the battle tanks that have been decided to donate to the Ukrainian army. As confirmed to this newspaper by sources from the Army, as much is being said, despite everything, less than a dozen Leopards contributed by our troops.
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