Podemos convenes its highest body on the 11th to address the conflict in Ukraine


The State Citizen Council of Podemos, the party's highest body, will meet on Friday, March 11, as reported by the formation led by the Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra. The meeting will "address and debate the current political situation", so, according to sources from the Podemos leadership, the Council will serve "to talk about the consequences of the conflict in Russia and Ukraine".

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The opening of the highest body of Podemos will be carried out by Belarra herself, who yesterday considered that "all the efforts" of Spain regarding the war in Ukraine "must be concentrated on reinforcing diplomatic channels" so that "A ceasefire is approved immediately." "War is never the way", she assured during a visit to the Valencian Community.

Belarra criticized the "very serious violation of international law" by Russia. "This situation was not caused by us, it was caused by Putin," he insisted. His bet, he added, is to "advance on democratic paths." "As long as this war continues, the hardest consequences will be experienced by the population. We have to concentrate on ending this war as soon as possible. That we obtain an agreed solution," he claimed.

A few minutes earlier, the spokesman for Podemos, Javier Sánchez Serna, also considered that "what is urgent" regarding the invasion of Ukraine is to "stop the attacks" by Russia which, in his opinion, "has violated" the letter of the UN on human rights. "This is not the moment for a greater military escalation," he pointed out at a press conference at the party's headquarters, where he also celebrated the "possible path of dialogue" opened with the talks in Belarus.

Criticism of EU measures

Sánchez Serna, however, did not share some of the measures announced yesterday by the High Commissioner for Foreign Relations of the European Union, Josep Borrell, especially with regard to sending lethal weapons to Ukraine. "War cannot be waged in the name of peace," he concluded. Regarding the end of the broadcast in EU territory of Russian government media such as RT or Sputnik, the spokesman for Podemos considered that this "possible censorship" begins a "dangerous spiral" that could affect journalists displaced in Russia.

The Government of Pedro Sánchez, which is a coalition between the PSOE and United We Can, does not intend to unilaterally send weapons to Ukraine, as European countries such as Germany have announced. The material that leaves Spain directly will be humanitarian and defensive (such as helmets or bulletproof vests), but the "offensive" material will be channeled through the EU's European peace support fund.

The twenty-seven agreed this weekend that 500 million euros of that fund be allocated to finance Ukraine: 450 of them will be for weapons and another 50 for humanitarian material.



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