Sánchez calls the four former presidents of the Government to “share information” about Ukraine


  • The Chief Executive spoke with Gonzalez, Aznar, Shoemaker and Rajoy to update them on the war and ask them for a “reflection”

  • The four former presidents showed themselves “very thankful“because of the gesture, which could have continuity, although it is not thought of as a meeting or act

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, spoke this Saturday with his four living predecessors in office to “share information” with them about the war in Ukraine and ask them to reflect, and also value the “accumulated experience” of all of them, which add up to 36 years of management, sources from Moncloa informed this newspaper this Saturday.

Sánchez’s calls to the four former presidents — Felipe González, José María Aznar, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Mariano Rajoy — continued throughout the day. He made the decision to pick up the phone, they explain in his team, to “value the accumulated experience“, but also “out of institutional respect”, to “share information” about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and to listen to them. Because he asked all of them for “a reflection“.

In the Executive they value the “enrichment” that the exchange of views with those who have led the country, the PSOE and the PP, for 36 years

In Moncloa they are very satisfied with the result of these conversations: everything went “very well” and the four former leaders were “very grateful” for the call and for listening to them. The contact with them will continue, so this gesture could have “continuity”. However, it is not thought of visualizing that unity through a meeting or an act, but it is emphasized in the Government the importance of the fact itself and of the “enrichment” that a conversation with those who have led the country since 1982, beyond their political background, supposes. In other words, Sánchez wanted to appeal to his experience in a critical situation for Europe, the most serious conflict since World War II.

Appearance on Wednesday in Congress

Logically, the call has a political reading. The president seeks to strengthen his image of statesman, to galvanize the necessary message of unity of the political forces before Russia, of the sum of the two great parties that have led Spain, PSOE and PP. He already spoke on Thursday with the still leader of the popular, Pablo Casado, while the Foreign Minister remains in contact with the groups. In addition, the chief executive will give an account of the situation next Wednesday, March 2, in the Congress of Deputies.

Sánchez’s relationship with Zapatero is totally frequent and fluid. With González it had been tense or, directly non-existent, until both resumed the dialogue last summer. The socialist patriarch even attended the 40th Federal Congress of the PSOE, in October 2021 and in Valencia, to show his support for the president and general secretary, but also to show his differences. The dialogue with Rajoy was greatly reinforced in the last stage of the popular president in Moncloa, as a result of the ‘procés’ and the application of article 155. Both went hand in hand. But no private contact with Aznar was known, at least until now.

One of the former presidents consulted by Sánchez applauds the initiative, thanks to which he was able to express his “full support for the Government’s position”

One of the former presidents consulted by Sánchez acknowledges to this newspaper that it has been a “very good initiative” of the head of the Executive, who informed him of the situation, raised the “essential issues” and promised him that they would continue talking. This former president ratified his “full support for the government’s position” and thanked him for the call, which lasted ” Come in ten fifteen minutes“.

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Sánchez already established the Executive’s position last Thursday, a few hours after Russia’s attack on Ukraine: he expressed his “resounding” condemnation of a serious and “unjustified” aggression, warned Vladimir Putin that his actions will not remain “unpunished“, demanded that he end hostilities and revoke the recognition of independence to the Donbass territories. And he admitted that the conflict will have an economic impact, especially in the energy markets, which the allies will try to mitigate as much as possible. Spain values ​​coordinated action with the EU and NATO and the imposition of severe sanctions on Moscow. there will be no military intervention because there cannot be, since Kiev is not a member of the Alliance. Spain, stressedwill defend international legality, will “go out of its way” to restore peace and show “solidarity with the populations affected by this conflict.”



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