DESPITE stating since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine that the country would not be supplying any weapons to war efforts, the President of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, has made a dramatic U-turn on Wednesday, March 2, and has agreed to deliver “offensive military material to the Ukrainian resistance”. Going back on what he said in an interview on February 28, Sánchez told Congress on March 2 that “it is the position of the Government of Spain” to supply Ukraine with weapons to help in their conflict with Russia. Spain’s leader and his government had faced some backlash for not offering support sooner with some parliamentary groups calling into question “the commitment of Spain and the government” to the Ukrainians. Pedro Sánchez said that the Spanish government now considers that in the face of “a European threat, we must give a European, coordinated and united response”. The president’s announcement, called for by the PP and Vox among others, was not applauded by Podemos ministers or their deputies. Will Spain send troops into Ukraine? On Monday, February 28, Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, confirmed in an interview with El Objetivo that “there are no plans for Spanish troops to go to Ukraine”. In turn, the Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, said that although Spain will not be sending troops into the country, they will help strengthen the country’s border with Russia by sending more military personnel, a move to demonstrate that NATO “does not accept threats”, according to Europa Press. Spain has joined other European Union countries in closing its airspace to Russian airlines. Thank you for taking the time to read this article, do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.