Spain rejects Argentinian claim its PM is causing ‘poverty and death’

Last Updated: June 19, 2024By

Tensions Flare Between Spain and Argentina

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Spain is up in arms over remarks made by Argentina’s presidency, accusing the Spanish government of causing “misery and despair” among its citizens.

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Javier Milei, the Argentinian president, dropped a bombshell statement, blasting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez for wreaking havoc on Spain’s economy and stability.

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The spat ignited after Spanish Transport Minister Óscar Puente hinted, during a heated discussion in Salamanca last Friday, that Milei might have indulged in some questionable substances during last year’s election campaign.

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Furious, Milei’s camp fired back on Saturday, not only condemning Puente’s insinuation but also taking aim at Sánchez.

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They lambasted Sánchez for “putting Spanish women at risk with lax immigration policies” and for compromising Spain’s unity by cozying up to separatists, referring to a controversial deal the Socialist Workers’ Party struck with Basque and Catalan regionalist factions to secure a government. They didn’t stop there; they even blamed his leftist agenda for bringing “suffering and destitution” to the populace.

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Spain wasn’t having it. The foreign ministry swiftly issued a stern rebuttal, denouncing the “baseless accusations” that, in their view, misrepresent the bond between the two nations and their people.

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Ever since the rise of Milei, a firebrand right-wing figure who seized power in December, relations between Argentina and Spain, governed by Sánchez’s left-leaning coalition, have been on thin ice.

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Adding fuel to the fire, Milei is set to jet off to Spain in a fortnight for an event on 18 and 19 May organized by the far-right opposition party Vox, which is locked in a fierce battle with the socialists in the upcoming European elections.

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Contributions from Agence France-Presse and Reuters added to the intensity of this saga.

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