Thursday, February 29

Sánchez warns that the war can “become chronic” and announces tax cuts

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres / EFE

The Government defends initiating procedures to investigate the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, for war crimes

Javier Arias Lomo

The Government warns that the conflict in Ukraine is going to be long and that there is a risk that it “becomes chronic”. For this reason, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has advanced that he will seek the support of all the regional presidents to articulate what he has baptized the La Palma agreements, which include four axes that have to do with the reception of refugees, the regulation of a new electricity market hand in hand with Brussels, and the execution of European funds.

He has done so in an appearance prior to the start of the Conference of Presidents in La Palma, which began at 12:00. Sánchez’s goal is “to be able to arrive with the largest unit” at the negotiation in Brussels with which he seeks to eliminate the “energy blackmail” that, as he has pointed out, the government of Vladimir Putin is violating. He also supports initiating proceedings before the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Russian president. Like him, he will also require the maximum collaboration on the part of the autonomies in the face of possible sanctions against Russian oligarchs.

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During his meeting with the regional leaders, Sánchez will also insist on the importance of China’s role in this conflict. He believes that the Asian country can be the key to finding a diplomatic solution.

Sánchez intends for unity to prevail in the debate he has with the different regional leaders and for this reason he has asked, alluding to the PP, to avoid blackmailing European funds because they represent, in his opinion, an essential element to consolidate the recovery economic. He asks that its execution be accelerated with an eye to next winter, especially in “rehabilitation, energy efficiency and energy saving.”

He has also highlighted that one of the axes of these agreements that he intends to promote, in addition to the energy market and European funds, lies in the refugee crisis. For which he has assured that solidarity is required from all communities in the face of what is the largest exodus of a civilian population since World War II.

On the other hand, communities governed by the PP such as Andalusia or Galicia have already made it clear what they will transfer to the Executive of Pedro Sánchez. They want a tax cut to mitigate the high cost that the war in Ukraine is causing in the energy field. Yesterday, the Galician president Alberto Nuñez-Feijoó already requested a general reduction in taxes – today he will send said document to the Government – and today the Andalusian leader, Juanma Moreno, has insisted that “we should not get up from the conference table without The Government approves a reduction in taxes on energy.

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While the president of the Generalitat, Peré Aragonés, points to financing to receive refugees as the main claim that Catalonia will demand at the regional summit. “We are one of the territories that will receive the most Ukrainians. A common fund is essential for this. We need financing”, said an Aragonese who stressed the need to take urgent measures in the energy sector.

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