The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchezhas called, from the NATO summit, to “the left of the PSOE” to make a “reflection”: “Need increase our deterrence capabilitiesnot attack.” Behind the agreement with the US to increase its destroyers at the Rota base, for which it will be necessary to reform the cooperation agreement between the two countries, Sánchez has been convinced that the Executive will remove him forward in the Congress of Deputies, for which it has influenced the United We Can space to “reflect” on its rejection of the Atlantic Alliance.
On the first day of the summit in Madrid, the chief executive said in an interview in the Being Chain that this is going to be “historic” due to the future incorporation of Finland and Sweden in the Atlantic Alliance and on the southern flank in its strategy. And he has ensured that Spain “has become the center of international politics” these days.
Sánchez has been asked about if you think there will be difficulties to get ahead in Parliament the agreement with the US on expanding its permanent destroyers at the Rota base from four to six in the face of United We Can’s rejection of the Atlantic Alliance. “I am convinced that we are going to get it out. I would like to,” he maintained.
With respect tothe position that the PP will havehas said that “it has changed its face” but continues “the same cross”, which is “a negationist and destructive opposition”. Even so, he believes that “there will be no problem”. Precisely, the ‘popular’ spokeswoman in Congress, Cuca Gamarra, has guaranteed her support to approve the agreement on Rota.
Having said this, the chief executive has made an appeal to “the left of the PSOE” to make a reflection “after what has happened in Ukraine” on the need to increase the capacity of deterrence “and not attack”.
NATO “has no imperialist whims”
Thus, he emphasized that the Atlantic Alliance “has no imperialist whims Like the Russia of Vladimir Putin. And he has given the example that Finland and Sweden have broken “hundreds of years of neutrality” to join NATO: “They they do not aspire to expand their borders or attack other countriesbut to defend their way of life and their democracy”.
The president of United States, Joe Biden said of Spain that it is an “indispensable ally” for his country after meeting with Sánchez this Tuesday in La Moncloa. “Yesterday we updated a joint declaration, which is the framework for bilateral relations between the US and Spain”, explained the Chief Executive, who added: “We have expanded our horizon of bilateral relations” not only in defense, but in scientific collaboration, alignment against climate change or infrastructure. And he has celebrated that, after Donald Trump’s rejection of NATO, The United States “has rejoined multilateralism”.
About him NATO reinforcement on the west flank, Sánchez stressed that, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, “even more forces” have been deployed in the Baltic republics, particularly in Latvia and Lithuania and “soon in Estonia”. Capacities have also been strengthened in Bulgaria. And it is that, “now where we have the main threat is on the west flank.”
“Russia will be called the main threat of the allies”
This will be collected, as explained, in the “strategic flank of Madrid” that will be approved at this summit, on which the organization will operate “to respond to the threats and challenges of the next ten years.” Thus, he recalled that in 2010 in Lisbon it was called Russia as a “strategic partner”, but “today it will be called the Allied main threat, something that is a “substantive change” whose “only responsible” is Putin. And he has stressed that we must “be aware” of where the threat is and be in solidarity with the countries that see their sovereignty and territorial integrity threatened.
Regarding a more active role for NATO in the defense of the south flankwhere Spain is, the Prime Minister has said that it is “clear” that Russia is “expanding in Africa”, with a paramilitary company in the Sahel, an area “very important strategically for Africa”, and a greater presence in Libya and the Mediterranean. “We must anticipate those threats and put in place strategies that allow us to respond effectively in the event of any challenge from Russia”, he pointed out.
And he added that at this summit climate change, the effects of migration, terrorism or the political instability of certain countries are also defined as threats “with no expansionist spirit but rather of dissuasion”, he stressed: “We recognize that on the southern flank there are risks and threats that must be responded to in the event that they materialize”.
Another of the topics discussed in the interview was the jump over the Melilla fence last week, in which at least 23 people died, according to the Moroccan authorities (37 according to the NGOs). Sánchez regretted what happened and, although he has avoided condemning the actions of the Moroccan gendarmerie, has recognized that when he praised the collaboration of Rabat to stop the jump to the fence “I did not know the images”, in which the piled-up bodies of immigrants are seen after the clash with the Moroccan police.
It was also shown this Wednesday willing to “account” about these facts in the debate of the nation that, in the absence of official confirmation, will be held from July 12 to 14. And he has remembered that there are three open investigations: one by the Nador Prosecutor’s Office, which charged 30 people with crimes of collaboration and trafficking in human beings; a second, from the State Attorney General’s Office; and a third, from the Ombudsman.