Spain condemns Russia’s actions in Ukraine and promises “coordinated response”

The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, has condemned Russia’s actions in the conflict with Ukraine, after recognizing and sending troops to the pro-Russian republics of Donbas and Luhansk, and has promised joint action within the framework of the NATO.

Previously, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, had also criticized Russia’s recognition of the self-proclaimed Ukrainian provinces in 2014 with the support of Moscow, and has assured that Spain will respond “in close coordination” with its partners before a “flagrant violation”.

“Russian recognition of the separatist territories in eastern Ukraine is a flagrant violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the Minsk agreements and international legality. We will respond in close coordination with our partners,” Albares reported.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Monday the recognition of the independence of the Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk, self-proclaimed in 2014 with the support of Moscow and despite warnings to the contrary from Western powers.

Putin’s announcement has immediately generated the rejection and condemnation of the main international actors who are being implicated in the Ukraine crisis and who support Kiev. USA, NATO, and the European Union.

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