Defense Minister Margarita Robles has participated in a videoconference chaired by the Secretary General of the NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, in which the High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell, has also participated.
In her speech, Margarita Robles shared with her counterparts "the singular effort to mobilize the Spanish Armed Forces, and their closeness to the public in front of COVID-19". And he has expressly thanked the support received through the NATO Euro-Atlantic Coordination Center for Disaster Response, specifically from the Czech Republic, Turkey, Germany, Luxembourg and Lithuania.
The minister stressed "the need for coordination between NATO and the European Union, so that the complementary capacities of both organizations can face this crisis with adequate resources, provide the best support to our citizens and strengthen the resilience of our societies. Everything to attend to the first priority, which is to save lives. " In this sense, he stressed that now the principle of "no duplication of efforts" is more important than ever.
He also stressed that it is necessary "to achieve unity in international action, and within each of the international organizations, fundamentally the UN, the European Union and NATO." Referring in particular to the Atlantic Alliance, the minister has highlighted the value of the organization, in guaranteeing a security environment in which all available medical and industrial resources can focus on the fight against the virus.
Regarding the ongoing operations and missions of the Atlantic Alliance, he has reaffirmed "the commitment of Spain, which will continue to carry out the tasks that can be maintained in the context of Covid-19, and adopting the mitigating measures agreed jointly within NATO. "
Finally, the minister wanted to highlight all the work that NATO is doing to combat 'fake news' and disinformation, both in the field of public information and diplomacy.