MADRID, 28 Abr. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened and held a meeting on Thursday with the new Russian ambassador in Madrid, Yuri Klimenko, in protest of the "attacks" on the Spanish Government from the social networks of the Russian Embassy and especially for a tweet on the that the presence of Spanish soldiers in the Ukraine was hinted.
As diplomatic sources confirmed to Europa Press on Friday, the department headed by José Manuel Albares demanded from the Russian ambassador the immediate withdrawal of a publication criticizing the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, with a video of Spanish fighters. And they have specified that the Russian Embassy had removed said content before the meeting.
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Global Affairs, Ángeles Moreno, conveyed to the Russian ambassador in Madrid her "strong rejection" of this type of publication and initiative. The meeting took place yesterday morning at the headquarters of the Ministry, the sources have indicated.
This event occurred just days after the new ambassador Klimenko presented his credentials to King Felipe VI. He did it last Thursday in a private ceremony at the Palacio de la Zarzuela and not at the Royal Palace of Madrid, as is tradition, given the particular circumstances surrounding Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine.
It was this Wednesday when the Russian Embassy, through its official Twitter account, shared a video of two people in military clothing who could be heard speaking in Spanish. And he added some statements by the Spanish Defense Minister denying the presence of Spanish troops in Ukraine, insinuating that this was not the case.
A few hours later, the Embassy withdrew the publication and, at the same time, the Ministry of Defense denied the presence of Spanish soldiers on Ukrainian soil. "It is flatly false that there are Spanish soldiers in Ukraine. This tweet is one of the many disinformation weapons used by Russia," a spokesperson for the Ministry told Europa Press.