The Ministry of Defense wants an increase of 3,000 million euros in its budget to strengthen NATO before the summit to be held in Madrid on the 29th and 30th, as published this Wednesday El País. Spain agreed with NATO to reach 2% of GDP in military spending – an idea rejected by its partners – something that would mean doubling the nearly 10,000 million currently allocated to that item. With those 3,000 million euros, Spain would place its military spending at around 1.2% of GDP.
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The extraordinary credit to increase defense spending would have to be reflected in a decree law, first approved by the Council of Ministers and then ratified by Congress. According to El País, the Treasury assures that Defense has not yet put its proposal on the table and they do not believe that it is feasible now to get Parliament to approve this increase in military spending. From the Department of the Treasury they consider that it should be postponed to include the item in the budget for next year, and not anticipate it in the form of an extraordinary credit.
A week ago the leadership of Podemos stated that, if after the NATO summit that will take place in Madrid it is confirmed that the conclusion must go through an increase in military spending, the formation led by Ione Belarra will oppose that increase. "We think that the conclusion of the NATO summit cannot happen because Spain has to multiply its military spending," said Podemos co-spokesman Javier Sánchez Serna at a press conference.
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Margarita Robles affirmed in an interview in Hora 25, prior to the publication of the news in El País, that investing in Defense is investing "in jobs" and "wealth". Regarding the increase in the budget to 2% of GDP, the Minister of Defense said that "it is a commitment that will be in many years" and defended that it is a budget "coupled with the modernization of the security forces, the creation of work and industrial expansion. "If the Ukrainian government asked to send the military to train them in Spain, like the rest of the countries, we would be willing without any doubt," she also pointed out in the interview.
The minister did not rule out sending Leopard tanks and anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine and assured that "within the capabilities" of Spain and "always" in coordination with other countries, "supporting the heroism" of the Ukrainian country will continue. "Our solidarity with Ukraine is there," the minister replied on Telecinco when asked directly if she does not rule out this shipment of weapons, although she has asked for "maximum serenity and discretion" because, as she recalled, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, He returned this Sunday to threaten countries that send weapons to Ukraine.