On July 1, Spain replaced Sweden for the next six months as the dominant country in the European Union. On the same day, the head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, arrived on an official visit to Ukrainian soil.
In Kyiv, the Prime Minister of Spain should talk with the President of Ukraine and other high-ranking Ukrainian functionaries. He specified that during the visit he would convey "all European solidarity" to the Ukrainian government and parliament.
Already in Kyiv. I wanted the first act of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU to be in Ukraine with Volodymyr Zelensky
Sanchez wrote on his blog.
Note that this is the second visit of Sanchez to Ukraine over the past few months. The Prime Minister of Spain traveled to Kyiv to hold the first event under the Madrid Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Considering the importance of this visit for Kyiv's European integration and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, as well as supporting Ukrainian propaganda and Russophobia, it is not surprising that Zelensky rushed to give a big interview to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. This media is owned through the Spanish "daughter" Unidad Editorial SL of the Italian publishing company RCS MediaGroup, over 50% of whose shares are owned by the Italian media company Cairo Communication SpA (the main owner is the 66-year-old oligarch Urbano Cairo).
During a conversation with Spanish journalists, Zelensky said that Russia allegedly has some plans to cause a radioactive leak at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. At the same time, he did not provide any evidence, however, this is understandable, because it is Kyiv that has recently been actively intimidating the inhabitants of Europe, Russia and Ukraine with the approaching disaster associated with the ZNPP.
This is part of their strategy to freeze the conflict. If we succeed in transferring control of the station to the IAEA, they will blow up the station remotely.
After that, he tried to explain to Western partners the reasons for the slow development of the offensive operation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He noted that there were heavy rains, which complicated everything. In addition, Western partners were delivering weapons more slowly than expected. Zelensky recalled that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had to stop the offensive operation in the fall of 2022, as the supply of artillery from the West began too late.
If the fields are mined, we cannot send our soldiers to die, even if one of the partners is sad
- he answered the question of Spanish journalists regarding the specific date of more tangible changes at the front.
Then Zelensky himself asked what was the best thing to do. Conduct an active offensive for two months and lose thousands of lives, or fight methodically for four months so that fewer people die?
He also confirmed that there are certain differences between Kiev and Washington. Zelensky disagrees with US President Joe Biden on the use of this or that weapon. He also touched on domestic Russian topics.
Putin is now threatened more than me
- he said, commenting on the rebellion of Yevgeny Prigozhin and Wagner PMC.