The Spaniards very fairly approve of Pedro Sánchez’s trip to Ukraine. Citizens value this displacement with an average score of 5.73 and one in four respondents (27.5%) directly suspends the president’s visit to Volodimir Zelenski on April 21 below 5.
This is extracted from the Survey on current issues prepared by the Center for Sociological Research (CIS), released this Wednesday, in which the body chaired by José Félix Tezanos addresses the citizen’s opinion on this recent fact. The one who gives Sánchez the best grade is the socialist voter (7.69 on average), while the electorate of the Popular Party (4.38) and Vox (3.32) do not approve of this trip.
In addition, 16.5% of Spaniards believe that during this diplomatic visit to Ukraine “more risks were taken than at other times of the war”, and 56.1%, that the displacement was just as risky as in another phase of the conflict. Only 17.5% of the participants in the survey believe that the danger has been reduced at this time.
The visit of the head of the Executive took place just days after the Ukrainian president appeared telematically before the Congress of Deputies. On April 21, and with little knowledge of the details of the trip for security reasons, Sánchez visited Ukraine together with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen.
There they were received by the Ukrainian deputy prime minister, Olga Stefanishina, and met shortly after in kyiv with Zelensky. Before, Sánchez traveled to the outskirts of the capital to see first-hand the degree of destruction of Borodyanka, an area seriously massacred by Russian troops, just like Bucha. At all times, the president was under the protection of an operation of GEO agents, who guaranteed his safety.
Together with Zelenski, Sánchez announced the largest arms shipment to Ukraine by our country. “We will not leave the Ukrainian people alone,” the president promised after being “moved” upon witnessing the devastation in Borodyanka.
Precisely this issue, the shipment of weapons bilaterally to Ukraine, has been one of the main points of friction within the Executive since the invasion began, since United We Can considers that this maneuver – which was taken by the socialist sector of the Council of Ministers without the purple endorsement – favors militarization and the escalation of violence.
Even within the United We Can sector itself, there have been discrepancies, since the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, distanced herself from the ministers Ione Belarra and Irene Montero and stressed that the Ukrainian people have the right to self-defense.
At this point, and as published on Wednesday by the CIS, 22.1% of Spaniards consider themselves “very” or “fairly” in disagreement with the idea that “NATO has to provide Ukraine with military material, weapons or ammunition, so you can defend yourself”. In fact, practically half of the electorate of United We Can (44.5%) falls within this range and only 52.1% of its voters are favorable. Compared to these figures, those referring to those who voted for the PSOE in 2019: three out of four (77%) support the sending of weapons.
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