Saturday, December 2

Vara supports Sánchez in sending weapons to Ukraine

Fernández Vara in Moncloa with the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez. / TODAY

The leaders of the PSOE have supported the request of the maximum socialist leader to isolate Vox

The leaders of the PSOE have expressed this Sunday a unanimous and closed support to the President of the Government and Secretary General of the party, Pedro Sánchez, in his decision to send weapons to Ukraine and in the measures that the Executive must adopt to address the consequences of the war started by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In addition, they have supported the request of the maximum socialist leader to isolate Vox, according to what socialist sources inform Europa Press.

They have done so during their speeches at the extraordinary meeting of the party’s Federal Committee, the highest governing body between Congresses, convened to address the crisis generated by the war. Pedro Sánchez has thanked his colleagues for this support in the final intervention he has had, making it clear that this crisis “is going to be long” and can test his convictions.

The first to intervene were the presidents of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara; from Asturias, Adrián Barbón, and from Aragón, Javier Lambán. The three have defended the need for unity in the face of the Russian invasion and the measures taken against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And although they have not explicitly mentioned United We Can, they have criticized their position of not sending weapons to Ukraine indirectly supporting the words of José Borrell in which he wonders if we would have criticized France for supplying weapons to the Republic to defend itself from the military uprising Franco. Adrián Barbón has also endorsed the words of his secretary general alleging that the no to the war in Iraq is the no to the war in Ukraine.

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They have also been joined by the socialist presidents of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol; from La Rioja, Concha Andreu and from Navarra, María Chivite, who have also opted to isolate the extreme right that, as they have stressed, represents Vox.

They have done so in line with the speech made by Pedro Sánchez, who has criticized during his initial speech the position of “the extreme right”, in reference to Vox, “with the refugee boys and girls” reproaching them that “they are already lowering their shoulders” , while asking that the right wing stop flirting with the extreme right.


There have also been signs of concern about the economic crisis that the war in Ukraine will bring about. This is how, for example, the leader of the PSC, Salvador Illa, has pronounced himself, who has pointed out the energy crisis that is causing the invasion and the economic measures. However, he has shown his support for the actions of the European Union and NATO.

«It seemed inconceivable and suddenly the shipment of weapons to the attacked country has become inevitable. Shipment of weapons to which Spain has rightly joined”, Illa pointed out, adding that it also seemed inconceivable and suddenly the acceleration of plans to reduce our energy dependence on Russia has become inevitable. Highlighting, in this sense, the role that Spain can and must play “without complexes” in this matter.

The first secretary of the PSC has congratulated Sánchez for the “speed” and “determination” that he has had to place the party in the position in which “it should be” and has asked “not to be afraid” in explaining to the citizens the consequences that the new situation will have for the economy, such as the rise in prices of raw materials, energy and inflation.

Salvador Illa has also joined the praise of his peers for the role of José Borrell, stating that he likes to remember that he is “Catalan” because “some people overlook him.”

The Catalan leader has also taken the opportunity to criticize the PP for being “opportunistic” in calling the elections in Castilla y León. He asks them to clarify their internal conflict and “be for once what you have to be.” In addition, he has asked that if Feijóo is something else, he should demonstrate it with deeds, not words.

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