24 Feb, 2022 @ 17:25
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Russian invasion of the Ukraine described as ‘terrible blow’ to economic recovery of Spain’s Costa Blanca and Valencia areas

Russian invasion of the Ukraine described as 'terrible blow' to economic recovery of Spain's Valencia region
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VALENCIAN Community president, Ximo Puig, has branded Thursday’s invasion of the Ukraine by Russia as a ‘terrible blow’ to the recovery of the region’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Puig told reporters that the Valencia region ‘has an important commercial relationship with Russia and the Ukraine’.

The regional leader referred to the importance of Russian tourism in Valencia, especially around Benidorm and the Costa Blanca.

Other concerns are fruit exports to both Russia and the Ukraine and the dependence of Castellon Province’s ceramics industry on imports of Ukrainian clay.

Puig also stated that he was worried about further rises in raw material, gas, and fuel prices.

He promised ‘support and affection’ for the 21,000 Ukrainians who live in the Valencian Community.

“The Spanish government has Valencians alongside with the European Union to do everything possible to stop this absolutely unjust way,” added Puig.

“This attack by Russia is absolutely intolerable,” he declared.


Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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