Wednesday, December 7

Pedro Sánchez calls on European socialists to respond in a united way to Putin

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, highlighted this Saturday before the congress of the European Socialist Party (PSE) the need to maintain “a united response” to the war launched by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, against Ukraine and to distinguish between “assaulted and aggressors”.

“You have to distinguish between where the aggression came from and who suffers it,” said Sánchez in a speech together with the Swedish Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, the Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, and the Maltese Prime Minister, Robert Abela.

Sánchez has agreed with his Swedish counterpart on the need to give a unitary response -something “existential”, in Andersson’s words- to the war, for which the “only person responsible” is “Putin’s regime”, the leader pointed out Spanish.

“Our message must be that we have nothing against Russian citizens, but against Putin,” insisted Sánchez, in his speech before the plenary session of the PSE congress, which is being held this Saturday in Berlin.

The intervention of the four heads of government followed that of the recently elected new president of the PSE, former Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who has also pointed to Putin as “solely responsible” for the war.

The interventions of the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the European Union (EU), Josep Borrell, and the speech before the delegates of the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, in his capacity as host of the congress, are scheduled for the following sessions.

The objective of the PSE meeting is to address the great challenges of the present, from the war in Ukraine to the energy crisis precipitated by the conflict, as well as to finalize the common program ahead of the 2024 European Parliament elections.

This Saturday’s debates follow the election, on Friday, of former Swedish Prime Minister Löfven as the new president of the PSE, agglutinating 33 parties of the political family of European socialists and social democrats.

Löfven, a leading figure in Swedish social democracy, succeeds the Bulgarian Sergei Stanischev, who has headed the PSE since 2011.