NATO has been “naive” in dealing with Russia for many years, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told CNN Wednesday.
Speaking at the NATO summit in Madrid, Sanchez said that NATO “sends a clear signal to Putin that we are going to support Ukraine and we are ready to support Ukraine until Russian troops leave the country and respect territorial integrity and national sovereignty.” Ukraine”.
“I think it’s important to send this message of unity and determination to the international community, especially NATO allies and of course the G7, to make it possible to return to a scenario where different countries – especially Russia in this case – respect the rules-based international order. , which is undermined because of this terrible war in Ukraine,” Sanchez continued.
Reacting to Turkey’s agreement to support Finland and Sweden’s bid for NATO membership, Sanchez said that “Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO is not because they want to expand their territories, but to protect their values, their democracy and, of course, international order. rule-based, clear rules that provide certainty and security to our societies.”
Asked if it was a mistake to consider Russia a “strategic partner” even in 2010, Sanchez replied that at the time NATO was “trying to give Russia and Putin an opportunity”, but perhaps over the years we have become a little naive in our relations with Russia.”
“Today we are seeing the expansionist and imperialist behavior of Putin and his regime, and this is unacceptable,” he added.
“I think what is important is what we are now endorsing at this Madrid summit, which is the definition of Russia as a strategic threat to allies and the definition of the means and tools that we are going to use to respond to this global threat,” Sanchez said.
He added that Spain sent 400 tons of “military property” to Ukraine, as well as humanitarian aid.