MADRID, June 22 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Defense Secretary Margarita Robles has avoided commenting in the plenary session of Congress on the criticism of NATO by her Podemos and Izquierda Unida (IU) partners, stressing that the government’s position is “clear and unequivocal” and that the other countries of the alliance recognize the commitment and responsibility of Spain.
This is how he reacted to PP MP José Antonio Bermúdez de Castro, who denounced the “numerous contradictions within the government” ahead of the ITAN summit planned for next week in Madrid.
For the PP it was “predictable” that the PSOE partners would try to “boycott” the summit, but that they would do so from within the government was “inadmissible”. According to him, the executive is putting on a “regrettable show” that is damaging Spain’s reputation, and it seems a joke that Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares says there is unity in the cabinet on the matter.
PP: YOU CANNOT BE A HOST AND ASK FOR DISSOLUTION
According to Bermúdez de Castro, “You cannot harbor NATO and keep someone in government who disqualifies it by calling it a criminal alliance,” who opposes demanding its dissolution and whom he dismisses as a warring party who Supported delivery of weapons to Ukraine.
In light of this, he reiterated the PP’s offer for a security and defense pact, a “responsible proposal” which he says remains unanswered. “You will know who you prefer to lean on,” he pointed out.
But the minister has ignored the critical positions of the United We Can parties, focusing on the decisions the coalition board has adopted, which she stresses are recognized by the United States and the coalition’s other partners. “The government’s position is clear and unequivocal,” he stressed.
In his opinion, the PP should be “proud” that Madrid is hosting the NATO summit, something achieved “as a serious, committed and responsible ally” and has asked the PP for “more generosity and more objectivity”. “The PP should put its shoulders behind the wheel and be proud,” he stressed.