Wednesday, March 22

Sánchez rules out sending weapons to Ukraine outside the EU

The Government of Pedro Sánchez does not intend to send weapons to Ukraine, as European countries such as Germany have announced. The material that leaves Spain directly will be humanitarian and defensive (such as helmets or bulletproof vests), but the “offensive” material will be channeled through the EU’s European peace support fund. The twenty-seven agreed this weekend that 500 million euros of that fund be allocated to finance Ukraine: 450 of them will be for weapons and another 50 for humanitarian material.

“As we are witnessing a threat to the security and values ​​and principles that the EU represents, we have to propose a European response,” the president said in an interview on RTVE in which Carlos Franganillo asked him if he would make the “gesture” what other European countries have done with Ukraine by sending weapons outside the agreements reached in Brussels. “We are making the gesture with humanitarian aid and defensive material and we are going to do the offensive through this mechanism,” replied Sánchez, who recalled that Spain is the fourth country that contributes the most to that fund that has been used until now for missions abroad “related to the formation and training of military units”.

Sánchez has ignored the question about the different sensitivities within the Government regarding the response to the Russian invasion after Podemos has questioned the arms aid for Ukraine and has referred to the fact that the “origin of the conflict” is that Valdimir Putin “does not accepts the EU” since it “experiences as a threat” the “consolidation of democracy”. “What Putin would like is, approaching political, economic and fake newstry to separate and divide the EU and the opposite has been found: it has been blunt, resounding, forceful in the response”, added Sánchez, who has recognized that not only “the territorial integrity of Ukraine is at stake but the security of Europe and the European project”.