The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has been following the situation in Ukraine very closely, in permanent contact with the leaders of the European institutions and NATO, as well as with the Heads of State and Government of Spain’s partner countries and allies. “Following the situation in Ukraine very closely and in permanent contact with the representatives of the EU and NATO, as well as with European leaders, it is time for diplomacy. We are committed to unity, relaxation, solidarity and dialogue to resolve the crisis with Russia,” Sánchez reported on his Twitter account this Saturday.
In addition to the recent talks with the President of France, the Prime Ministers of Norway, the United Kingdom and the meeting with the Chancellor of Germany, there are now contacts in recent hours with the President of the European Council and the High Representative for Foreign Policy , as reported by Moncloa sources.
This Saturday afternoon he was also scheduled to talk with the Prime Minister of Poland and tomorrow with the Secretary General of NATO, the President of the European Commission and the Prime Minister of Latvia. In addition, in the next few days he will speak with the President of Lithuania and the Prime Minister of Estonia.
In this sense, last Monday, during the visit to Spain of the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, he already made a “call for de-escalation”, as well as “respect for borders” and the “territorial integrity” of Ukraine.
This very morning, a Spanish frigate left the port of Ferrol (northeast) for the Black Sea, where it will arrive next week, as part of the Spanish and European action in NATO maneuvers, in the midst of an escalation of tension between Russia and Ukraine.
The Spanish Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, advanced the shipment of this ship yesterday, after a minesweeper departed for the same area days ago; According to the minister, Spain has been participating in all the deployments organized by NATO for years, and in this specific case the departure of the ships was brought forward, as agreed with the military organization.
Russia, which has deployed some 100,000 soldiers on the border with Ukraine, has announced imminent military exercises in the area, prompting the United States to warn of the possibility of an invasion of Ukraine, while NATO is also carrying out military exercises in the midst of an escalation of tension.