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The former diplomat yesterday offered his particular vision of international politics, the war in Ukraine and the image of Spain

Inocencio Arias presents his book 'Esta España nuestra' in Benidorm

08 March 2023
Inocencio Arias

The Spanish diplomat Inocencio Arias presented yesterday in the Assembly Hall of the Benidorm City Hall his book 'This Spain is ours. Lies, the new cold war and the Moncloa gambler', a work in which the author offers his vision of current global politics and the country and the image of Spain abroad. The presentation was attended by the mayor Toni Pérez, the Councilor for Culture, Jaime Jesús Pérez, and several members of the government team.

Arias began by talking about the war in Ukraine and stated that “many lies have been told about its origin, but there is only one truth. It began with the invasion of a country and the breaking of some borders. There is no reason or precept that justifies that”. He criticized Putin's position, which he simplified as "Russia believes that Ukraine should be part of Russia, even though Ukraine doesn't want to." He also considered that "the move" came out for the Russian president "because he thought that the United States was in the doldrums and Europe was divided and he was not going to risk anything." "However, the outcome of the war is difficult to predict," he added, certain that "the war will not end tomorrow."

He also alluded to "the lies of the Catalan separatists and the neglect of functions of the current government." At that point, he harshly criticized the government of Pedro Sánchez "which has lied less than Trump, but with more important lies." Thus, he recalled that the president of the government “said that he was not going to agree with Bildu and it took ten days. He said that he would not sleep peacefully with Podemos and agreed with them after six days. He also criticized him for "mounting a feminist demonstration on 8M 2020 knowing that there was a pandemic in Europe."

Among other issues, he also made reference to relations with Morocco.

"Did nobody warn Sánchez that if he said that the Sahara was Moroccan we were going to have problems with Algeria?" he wondered himself. "He has gone against the usual Spanish doctrine," he said.

Finally, he indicated that the external image of Spain "is not at its best, nor is that of Pedro Sánchez as a leader."