Serious scandal two months after the Spanish presidency of the European Union

Pedro Sánchez knew that Spain was buying Russian oil from Morocco and was silent

In the last few hours, a new scandal has broken out involving the leftist government of Pedro Sánchez and the Kingdom of Morocco.

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A violation of European sanctions on Russia

This Friday, Repsol's executive CEO denounced that Russian oil continues to arrive in Spain despite European sanctions on Russia for its criminal aggression against Ukraine. Some sanctions on Russian oil that came into effect on February 5, almost three months ago. Also on Friday, the newspaper El Mundo revealed that Morocco has started exporting oil to Spain for the first time since 2015, coinciding precisely with the European veto on Russian oil.

The Sánchez government was notified a month ago and did not say anything

It was not necessary to be very smart to realize what could be the origin of this oil that the African country is exporting, since Morocco has not adhered to these sanctions and continues to import Russian oil. It is unthinkable. that the Spanish government, which has the National Intelligence Center (CNI) at its service to keep informed about anything that affects the interests of Spain, did not know the origin of the oil that Morocco was selling us. But in case there was any doubt, yesterday El Mundo revealed that the government of Pedro Sánchez was notified a month ago of the origin of these imports, by various operators in the Spanish oil market.

The Spanish government did not react to those warnings. Only has announced an investigation after to information published by El Mundo. The third vice president and minister of Ecological Transition, the socialist Teresa Ribera, has limited herself to saying that these fuels "come with papers that certify a correct origin", and has added: "At the slightest suspicion, it is appropriate to investigate if these papers are correct and if indeed the products they import are from where they say they are, or if they are from another source and there has been some type of irregularity."

The suspicion of a Moroccan blackmail that weighs on Sánchez

The question that must be asked now is: if what is already obvious is confirmed, will the Spanish government do anything to demand explanations from Morocco? Pedro Sánchez has been cast under the shadow of suspicion for some time after his 180º turn over the Sahara shortly after his mobile was spied on, extracting a lot of information from him. A fact that Vox has linked to Sánchez's assignments against Morocco. These are not exaggerated suspicions if we take into account that a month ago, the European investigation into that case considered it "plausible" that Morocco had spied on Sánchez.

The submission of the Spanish socialists to Morocco was already evident in January, when PSOE MEPs distanced themselves from the European socialists to vote in defense of Morocco in the face of a European resolution condemning the repression against journalists by the Moroccan regime. It is hard to believe that the Spanish government is now going to show its firmness before Morocco after ten months allowing itself to be humiliated by that country, in an unworthy and inexplicable way if not through the mediation of possible blackmail.

Sánchez hid this scandal from Congress on April 19

On the other hand, Morocco's trap with Russian oil is very reminiscent of increase in Russian gas purchases by the Spanish government despite European sanctions against Russia, and while Sánchez prohibits extract gas in Spain, something that is even more scandalous. Some purchases about which Sánchez has not given any explanation, in the same way that he remained silent about the origin of Moroccan oil when appeared on April 19 in Congress to talk about Morocco, an intervention in the one who ignored his 180º turn over the Sahara and didn't say a word about the Russian oil that he already knew Morocco was exporting to Spain.

A government that breaks records in lack of transparency

Since he came to power, Pedro Sánchez has been breaking records for lack of transparency when governing, refusing to provide information that the law obliges him to provide, declaring personal matters secret so as not to have to give explanations about them and dedicating control sessions to government in Congress to attack the opposition instead of being held accountable.

This new scandal puts Sánchez in the EU's crosshairs for violating its sanctions against Russia, and it does so just over two months after Spain assumes the presidency of the Council of the European Union. A presidency that will be tarnished by the authoritarianism, opacity and corruption of a government that despises democratic standards, something not unusual if we take into account that the communist faction of the executive, whose radicalism has joined Sánchez, has as references dictatorships such as Cuba and Venezuela.

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