Germany wants Spain to join its anti-missile shield

This Wednesday the president Pedro Sanchez will receive Olaf Scholz in La Coruña, where they will hold a Spanish-German summit marked by the energy crisis and the Russian threat. Midcat and how to deal with the gas crisis will presumably be on the table, but according to what the German ambassador to Spain, María Margarete Gosse, advanced last night, another topic will be discussed: the possible construction of a European anti-missile shield and the possibility of Spain joining the project.

As Gosse said in an interview in Ser, German authorities are “probing” the possibility of building said shield and trying to add support, something that Scholz would try on his visit to Spain. The ambassador explained that talks are taking place “at a relatively low level” but confirmed that the issue would be on the table, framing it in the German desire for a joint air defense system to offer greater security to the continent.

From the Government they rushed to deny it: the Ministry of Defense indicated that this issue is not part of the summit, reports J. Arias Borque. “We deny that the Spanish government has received any proposal or communication in this regard”, they pointed out from Moncloa.

Scholz’s wishes

In Germany, the issue of anti-aircraft defense has been on the table since Olaf Scholz promised a radical modernization of his Army to coincide with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Already in March, the Government considered the possibility of acquiring the Israeli Arrow 3 anti-missile system, designed for missiles with a range of up to 300 kilometers and which would serve to intercept a hypothetical attack from Russia.

In August, at a conference in Prague, Scholz outlined the possibility of creating a joint air defense system involving several European countries to “gain security” across the continent. Although the foreign minister hardly gave details, the press indicated that the government was still leaning towards the Israeli system but that it hoped to be able to incorporate more partners into the project. Among the countries cited were the Baltic states, Sweden, Slovakia, Poland and the Netherlands.

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