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Speaking yesterday at an event for female diplomats organized by the German ambassador to Madrid, Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles declared: “We are living in the most dangerous situation since the Second World War,” because ballistic missiles “know no borders.” She added that Spain “totally” rejects the remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron about possibly sending NATO troops to Ukraine. “We must be very careful not to give excuses” to Russia for escalating the conflict, she explained, according to a report in RT.

The weapons that Spain has sent to Ukraine have been entirely defensive in nature, Robles said. Madrid is currently finalizing repairs on a new batch of Leopard main battle tanks, which will be sent to Kiev soon, she said. Spain is also training about 6,000 Ukrainian soldiers. “We are already [training them] in hand-to-hand combat,” Robles explained.

Last month, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez signed a security pact with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy, promising Ukraine over €1 billion worth of military aid, plus another €5 billion over the next three years. According to Spanish media, as part of the pact Madrid has pledged to deliver more Patriot air defense missiles, Leopard 2A4 tanks, and ammunition.