Ministry of defence: Spain does not want to create problems with Russia in the framework of NATO
The head of the Ministry of defense of Spain Pedro Morenes said that the main task of his country in the framework of the NATO mission in the Baltic States the Baltic Air Policing is to prevent the development of any kind of issues with Russia, not to create them.
"The goal is not to create problems with any country, but to prevent them," the Minister said at a press conference in Estonia, answering the question correspondents how the participation of the Spanish military in the NATO mission can affect the relationship of Madrid and the capital of Russia.
The Minister, however, acknowledged that the border between the Baltic States and Russia is one Of the most "sensitive" Of all NATO borders, the Agency Europa Press.
the head of the Ministry of defense of Spain was on a visit to Estonia, where there are Spanish military in the context of the mission of the NATO Baltic Air Policing. This mission, the Goal of which is the air policing of the Baltic States by the planes of the countries members of the Commonwealth, held since March 2004.
Four Spanish fighter Eurofighter and 115 soldiers of this state, based on the location of moron de La Frontera (Sevilla), are located in Estonia in the framework of the NATO mission since the beginning of January and will stay there until may 4. The place of their deployment base ?mari airbase, located 40 kilometers from Tallinn.
"NATO should act as an organization that shares the aims and problems of its members. All countries are obliged to be in solidarity with others, " said the Minister.
He emphasized that not all members of the organization have the financial ability to allocate significant resources on defense, and cited the example of Estonia, where the military budget is 450 million euros per year." The defense is very expensive and NATO should fill these gaps, " he added Marines.
in 2006, the Spanish pilots have already carried out a similar mission in the list of NATO's actions in the skies over the Baltic States. Then in operation participated aircraft Mirage F-1M, which Within 4 months was based in Siauliai (Lithuania).
According to Morenes, Spain will continue to participate in this program in the Commonwealth. The same current contingent (Four fighter and 115 military) will be deployed Within 4 months in the Baltic States from January 2016.
in Estonia Marines met with his counterpart, the head of the Ministry of defence of Estonia Sven Mixer, which agreed signed in Minsk agreement of Ukrainian settlement, as well as the situation in Libya, Iraq and Syria, informs the Ministry of defense of Spain.
From Estonia Pedro Morenes went in Latvia, where the meeting of defence Ministers of the EU countries.