Sánchez receives the explicit support of Díaz in his position on Ukraine, and deepens the division in Podemos

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, received this Thursday the explicit support of his second vice-president, Yolanda Díaz, on Spain’s position regarding the war in Ukraine, a support that deepens the division within United We Can on this issue.

If Sánchez’s announcement before the plenary session of Congress that Spain would finally send weapons directly to Ukraine had already provoked different opinions in the purple formationthe statements of the last hours have once again highlighted the differences.

Yolanda Díaz has supported Ukraine’s right to self-defense and has backed the decisions taken by Sánchez: “Spain’s foreign policy is led by the Prime Minister”.

After visiting the National Center for Protection Means in Seville, Díaz pointed out that governments are sometimes there to make very difficult decisions and, before the differences of opinion between the ministers of United We Canhas said that the Executive is in good health.

“We all have many nuances and we are not going to be distracted,” explained the vice presidentwhich has justified by its intense agenda the fact that it has not been able to talk about this matter with one of the Podemos ministers who rejects the shipment of weapons, Irene Montero.

Montero, also in statements to journalists, has insisted that the shipment of weapons will not serve to “stop Putin’s feet” and has once again opted for diplomatic channels.

A path in which he has ensured that there is an absolute consensus with Díaz, whose statements, the Minister for Equality has said, she respects.

The spokesman for United We Can in Congress, Pablo Echenique, has reiterated that Sánchez’s decision to send weapons to Ukraine is a mistake that ccontributes to the war escalation, while another minister of the purple formation quota, Joan Subirats, has ratified his “full support” for Sánchez.

The head of the Executive has visited this day in Guadalajara the base of operations of the GEO, the elite body of the National Police whose troops escorted the convoys of Spaniards evacuated from Ukraine, and has justified his management of the crisis.

“Spain is where it should be, with its allies in the Atlantic Alliance, with the European Union and with all the Member States in a forceful response”, he stressed.

In his opinion, unity continues to be the best response can give Spain and the international community to the “execrable invasion” ordered by Vladimir Putin.

The Government spokesperson and Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez, has also claimed unity, who has interpreted the differences in the Executive as “nuances”.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, he did not want to enter into “sterile debates” about those divergences because you said that they only serve to break up unity.

In addition, it ensures that the shipment of weapons has not been a rectification, but “the development of a decision taken jointly with the other 26 EU countries”.

Albares has launched a message of calm for Spaniards living in Russia, sincecertain that “there is no indication that there is any danger”.

Margarita Robles, Minister of Defence, who has ratified the argument that “you cannot look the other way” at the shipment of weapons to Ukraine, has recalled that it will be tomorrow when they leave Spain for Poland two planes with offensive material: 1,370 anti-tank grenade launchers, 700,000 cartridges for machine guns and rifles, and light machine guns.

On the other hand, this Thursday the first Spanish soldiers of the total of 150 who are going to move to Latvia in the coming days to reinforce the Russian border have departed.

Given the situation in Ukraine, Congress will approve at the next meeting of its Foreign Affairs Committee a non-law proposition to repudiate the “unjustified” military invasion of Russia and that has been presented by PSOE, PP, Vox, United We Can, ERC, Plural, Cs, PNV and Bildu.

One of those groups, that of Ciudadanos, has raised the disapproval of the ministers of United We Can oppose sending weapons directly to Ukraine, excluding Yolanda Díaz, but incorporating Subirats on the list, despite the fact that she maintains the same position as the second vice president.

Spain’s solidarity with Ukraine was also made clear this Thursday in a gesture by Queen Letizia. In an act of giving aid to NGOs, she has worn a Ukrainian shirt adorned with her traditional embroidery.

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