17 Mar, 2024 @ 10:24
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Threat from Russia is ‘total and absolute’, warns Spain’s Defence Minister Margarita Robles

Margarita Robles

SPAIN’S defence minister, Margarita Robles, has issued a stark warning to her fellow citizens about the threat that Vladimir Putin’s Russia poses to the European Union. 

“The situation in the world is very complicated,” the Socialist politician told Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. “Right now, a ballistic missile could easily reach Spain from Russia.”

She also spoke about the dangers posed by Russia to its neighbouring countries in the wake of the 2022 invasion of Ukraine. 

“The threat is total and absolute,” she told the daily. “You only have to listen to the latest statements from Putin, in which he talks about the possibility of nuclear attacks. The countries that border Russia are well aware of this; maybe those in the south, we don’t have that awareness, but civilization could be attacked by unscrupulous people such as Putin.” 

As for Ukraine, the minister said that the war was at a ‘very difficult’ moment and that the country needed continued support. 

Margarita Robles
Spain’s Defence Minister Margarita Robles in a file photo.

Robles emphasised, however, that there are currently no Spanish troops in Ukraine, nor are there any plans to send them there. 

“We are constantly sending material to Ukraine and we will make a major effort in the coming weeks,” she added. 

“Every day the situation is more difficult for Ukraine than it is for Russia,” she warned. “But I see the morale in Ukraine as being very high.” 

Today, Sunday, sees the final day of voting in Russia’s presidential elections, polls that are expected to see President Putin secure his hold on power until at least 2030. 

The 71-year-old former KGB agent has been in power in the country since 1999, and is running in the three-day election without any genuine opposition. 

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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