Sánchez will have to request congressional authorization if Spain participates in an action in response to Russia

  • The National Defense Act requires the ratification of the lower house, even if it is a posteriori

The first democratic coalition government faces the first international conflict in which the Spanish army can participate. The possibility of a military intervention against Russia to protect the territorial integrity of Ukraine has dusted off a “no to war” in some members of United We Can that the Socialist Party does not understand: that slogan against the war in Iraq (an invasion that did not have the green light of the UN or the support of NATO) is very different from the current situation, in which Moscow wants to reduce the ability of a capital city like Kiev to make its own decisions. In this case, whether to join the Atlantic Alliance or not.

Casado regrets that the CEO did not call him to comment on the latest events

Spain has offered to deploy its fighters in Bulgaria to deter Russia from invading Ukraine and has postponed the planned shipment of the Navy’s Blas de Lezo frigate to the NATO mission in the Black Sea until next week just when tensions with Moscow escalate with times. All these movements are framed security missions already approved by Congress of the Deputies. However, if in the coming days the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, takes some action that deplores the Atlantic Alliance and believes that a military response should be given, the government of Pedro Sanchez it will have to go to the lower house to obtain the authority of the delegates if it jeopardizes any kind of Spanish support.

This is stated in the Organic Law of National Defense of 2005 in its Article 17, according to parliamentary sources. “To order operations abroad that are not directly related to the defense of Spain or the national interest, the government will prior consultation and will obtain the authority of Congress “, reads his first point. In the next two, support is also given to situations that require a” quick response “or even “maximum urgency”. In these cases, it allows to speed up all the procedures and even, if it is not possible to perform “prior consultation”, it gives the option to do it a posteriori.

Executive Committee does not consider evacuating diplomatic staff and Spanish citizens living in Ukraine

Differences between the coalition partners eased somewhat on Monday. The Ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs, Margarita Robles and José Manuel Albares respectively, were full of the need for “diplomacy” to triumph and no NATO intervention is needed to defend Ukraine’s “territorial integrity”. “We are an ally committed to peace. We are participating in permanent missions of stability and discouragement whose essential purpose is to promote peace, “Robles declared. Albares spoke of the” four D’s “: relaxation, de-escalation, discouragement, diplomacy. The press wanted a change in the language of their partners, after a few days in which the Secretary of State also elaborated on the idea that Spain is a “reliable” NATO partner and that the US could rely on it if necessary.

The appearance of Albares

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The leader of the PP, Pablo Married, supports any participation of Spain in the NATO framework needed in this crisis, although he regrets that Pedro Sánchez did not call him to inform him of this conflict. The populace will be able to listen to Albares’ explanations in Congress on Tuesday afternoon, as the head of diplomacy has asked to appear at his own request. The PP and also ERC, EH Bildu, JxCAT, CUP and BNG requested that the Minister of Defense also attend Parliament.

The top management is not considering evacuating diplomatic staff and Spanish citizens living in Ukraine, something the US has done. Albares explained that the Spanish community in the country consists of about 500 compatriots who are informed “in time” about developments in security matters.


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