Podemos considers that its role in the coalition government is "fundamental", for which reason the discrepancies regarding the shipment of weapons to Ukraine they will not make the formation led by Minister Ione Belarra leave the Executive. "Pedro Sánchez knows that he can count on us," the spokeswoman for Podemos Isa Serra remarked again and again this Monday, at a press conference, despite noting that there are "differences" regarding the management of the war in Ukraine.
United We Can accentuate their internal differences while waiting for Yolanda Díaz to present her project
Serra has wanted to play down Belarra's words this Sunday that he spoke of "war parties" referring to the political formations that have supported this shipment of weapons. According to her, Podemos "no" wanted with that statement to call the PSOE a "party of war". Sources from the party leadership have insisted afterwards that in no case they wanted to refer to the socialists, but to the right.
From Podemos they also try to minimize the differences within United We Can, with the second vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, who does support the shipment of weapons, or with IU and its leader, the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, which also supports it.
"It is essential to insist that we agree that Putin must be stopped. We may have differences, but we are going to contribute the best of ourselves. We must bet on diplomacy," he insisted. "These are not empty words, it is the other way to war, which the UN is betting on," remarked Serra, who when asked about the "precision diplomacy" mentioned on Sunday by the Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, limited himself to to point out that it is "a decided commitment to these routes".
"War begets more war"
"Diplomatic channels are not being taken as seriously as they should be," added Serra, who considers that the UN or the EU should be present at the negotiating table between Russia and Ukraine. "Only a negotiating table can allow us to achieve peace," she added, in addition to considering it "hypocritical to continue sending weapons to Ukraine while Putin is being paid millions for the gas he imports."
"War escalation is very dangerous," he added, later recalling that "38% of Spaniards believe that weapons should not be sent" to Ukraine and that they are betting, like Podemos, on diplomatic channels. "Sending weapons can prolong the war, generate more suffering and not change the correlation of forces," he insisted, highlighting that "commitment to peace" against the "warmongering fervor that tries to say that diplomatic channels are useless" .
For Podemos "there are interests in the war", because of the role that the "arms industry" is going to have. However, the party claims to defend "the right to self-defense" of the Ukrainian people "recognized in the fundamental charter of the UN." But his thesis is that "war generates more war."