US-Triggered Arms Race Violates Conditions of Spain's NATO Accession - NGO

© AFP 2023 / CRISTINA QUICLERUS B1 bomber (L) and tanker aircraft KC135R and KC1O are seen in the air base, in Moron de la Frontera, on March 18, 2011, near Sevilla
US B1 bomber (L) and tanker aircraft KC135R and KC1O are seen in the air base, in Moron de la Frontera, on March 18, 2011, near Sevilla - Sputnik International
The engagement of Spain in warmongering and an arms race triggered by the United States contradicts conditions on which the country joined NATO, Angeles Maestro, a spokeswoman for the Global Platform Against War, told Sputnik on Monday.

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MADRID (Sputnik) — US State Secretary John Kerry arrived Monday in Madrid for the first official visit after the two countries signed an agreement allowing a permanent US Marine Corps presence at Spain’s Moron Air Base. The agreement allows the United States to station up to 3,000 personnel at the base and to boost the number of military aircraft from 14 to 40.

According to Maestro, this extension of the US military presence in Spain, bundled with the deployment of US Aegis ships at its Rota Naval Base and NATO Trident Juncture drills taking place in the European country this fall, "presents Spain as a US vassal" and "violates all standards by which the accession of Spain to NATO was approved" in the 1986 referendum.

"Clearly, these wars are US wars, Spanish people are not interested in them, from any point of view, even from the economic point of view they do not benefit the Spanish people," the spokeswoman said.

She criticized the Spanish government for not explaining reasons for Spanish participation in the US buildup in Europe.

"They say it is a military secret, but they pay for it with public money," Maestro stressed.

Approximately 36,000 personnel from over 30 NATO and partner nations will participate in the NATO Trident Juncture drills taking place from September 28 to November 6 in Spain, Italy, Portugal, as well as in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Some 9,000 are accommodated in Zaragoza.

On Friday, a group of Spanish activists called the Conscientious Objection Movement (MOC) told Sputnik they blocked the passage of military equipment bound for NATO maneuvers in Zaragoza from the port of Sagunto in Valencia.

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