Spain to deploy soon extra troops to support NATO allies

Spain is “firmly committed, and in order to preserve peace, in agreement with our allies, we will take the most appropriate decisions”, Robles pointed out, adding that borders of all NATO countries must be protected. [EPA-EFE/MIKHAIL PALINCHAK]

Spain will soon deploy troops on the border between its NATO allies and Russia, Defence Minister Margarita Robles announced on Monday.

“NATO’s position is to reinforce the borders of the allied countries and Spain will be there without any doubt”, Robles of the ruling socialist PSOE party also said, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

Spain will take all the “border reinforcement measures that may be necessary”, she stressed from Lebanon, where she attended the handover of command of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to Spanish General Aroldo Lázaro Sáenz.

Spain is “firmly committed, and in order to preserve peace, in agreement with our allies, we will take the most appropriate decisions”, Robles pointed out, adding that borders of all NATO countries must be protected.

“We do not accept any kind of threat” and “neither the use of nuclear means nor threats to neighbouring countries (Sweden and Finland) will undermine the unity of the European Union or NATO”, Robles added.

Spain has ruled out sending combat troops to Ukraine. Still, it has deployed four Eurofighter Typhoon jets to perform patrol missions in Bulgarian airspace from the Graf Ignatievo base. It also sent the Blas de Lezo frigate and the demining vessels Meteoro and Sella in January.

Initially, the mission was to patrol in the Black Sea, but due to the escalation of the conflict, NATO has decided that the three Spanish warships should remain in the Mediterranean Sea.

Spain currently has some 800 troops close to the conflict: 350 soldiers in Latvia, 150 in Bulgaria and some 300 on the three military ships.

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