The Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, Félix Bolaños, assured this Tuesday that Spain is “in the center of the decision-making circuit” and has a very fluid relationship with its allies, despite the fact that she was not invited to the round of calls held on Tuesday by the president of the United States, Joe Biden, with European partners in which yes they were France, Germany, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom.
In statements to TVE, collected by Europa Press, Bolaños has indicated that there are continuous conversations and has recalled that the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez recently spoke with the president of the European Comission, Ursula Von der Leyen and with the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg. He also recalled that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, met last week with his US counterpart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
In that sense, Bolaños has defended that Spain has information and is coordinated “continually” and that the important thing is to continue betting jointly on diplomacy and avoiding conflict.
The president of United States, Joe Biden began a round of calls with European leaders on Monday to address the situation in Ukraine, including the Frenchman Emmanuel Macron, the Polish Andrzej Duda, the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. He also included in the talks von der Leyen, the president of the European Council, Charles Michel and Stoltenberg.
In this regard, when asked if there is a contrast between this commitment to diplomacy and the decision of the United States to put 8,500 soldiers on alert to act, if necessary, in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the minister indicated which are “complementary measures.
Thus, he insisted that diplomacy is essential and the Government is committed to it, but dissuasive measures are also necessary to guarantee international legality, “that the countries know that it must be fulfilled and that it cannot be broken.” He has also highlighted the fact that there is a unique position both in the European Union and in NATO.
Next, when asked if there will be a call between Biden and Sánchez in the coming days, Bolaños has transferred that there are calls continuously between Spain and the United States and there have been “multitude of contacts” in recent days and weeks. “The level of coordination is complete,” he added.
“There has been no discrepancy in the coalition”
On the other hand, Bolaños has stated that, in his opinion, there has been no discrepancies within the coalition government on this matter since everyone is betting “on diplomacy” to avoid conflict and everyone is “in the no to war”. Even so, he has recalled that foreign policy is marked by the president.
Finally, regarding the words of the former Vice President of the Executive, Pablo Iglesias, Bolaños has been blunt. “Allow me not to comment on rallies,” he indicated before assuring that there is no minister who is committed to a path other than dialogue and diplomacy and who intends to avoid a conflict that nobody wants.
For its part, the PP has criticized this Tuesday that the head of the Executive, Pedro Sánchez, is “excluded” from the contacts and has summoned him to inform Congress and the leader of the opposition, Pablo Casado.
“He must break his silence and inform Congress and the leader of the opposition. It has our support to exercise its obligations within the framework of NATO,” said the PP’s deputy secretary of Communication, Pablo Montesinos.
The PP has wondered “where is Sánchez”. “The Government is the house of trouble. Each minister says a different thing and Biden excludes us from his contacts,” added the party’s head of Communication.
According to PP sources, the Prime Minister must “clarify” the position of his Executive and inform Congress and the main opposition leader. “We demand a sense of State from the President of the Government,” they added from Genoa.
According to the legislation, the President of the Government should go to Parliament to obtain its authorization if there is a shipment of troops abroad. For the time being, this Tuesday the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Congress has scheduled for the end of this afternoon, after the plenary session, the appearance of the minister of the branch, José Manuel Albares, to report on the Spanish position in the face of the crisis in Ukraine.
The Government has been defending that It is time for dialogue and diplomacy to facilitate de-escalation with Russia, which has demanded that NATO not continue to expand to the East and not incorporate Ukraine.
That yes, Albares has made it clear that the Executive will be together with its allies also for deterrence, if necessary, and that it is prepared for any eventuality. For her part, the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, has warned that “Russia cannot tell any country what it can do” and has assured that NATO will “defend any country that wants to enter” the organization .
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.