Minister Robles keep a strong po­si­tion

Spain To Miss NATO Meeting With Defence Industry Due To Absence Of National Companies

Nato plane.
Nato plane.

Spain will boy­cott a mee­ting of NATO de­fence mi­nis­ters with the de­fence in­dustry on Thursday in pro­test at the Alliance’s de­ci­sion not to in­vite any of Spain’s lea­ding firms. Minister Margarita Robles, who will be in Brussels for a mee­ting with her 30 co­llea­gues at NATO head­quar­ters, will be ab­sent from the room when the mee­ting be­gins, ho­we­ver, as she is very upset about the se­lec­tion of com­pa­nies, the opa­city of the cri­teria used and the lack of trans­pa­rency.

According to diplomatic sources, 18 countries will be represented among the 25, with some of the largest from Germany, France and Turkey, but 13 allies will not have theirs at the table. The unease in the Ministry of Defence is very high.

In recent days they have stressed that Spain, although it is at the bottom of the list in terms of investment in terms of GDP, occupies much higher positions in terms of absolute investment. The Spanish army is the seventh largest in the Alliance, the fifth most involved in missions and deployments. The Ministry of Defence employs 50,000 people and is a sector that contributes 1.4% of GDP.

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