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The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, said this Wednesday, in the framework of the Spanish-German summit held this Wednesday in La Coruña, that he "explicitly" supports the construction of the Midcat gas pipeline to be operational in 2025.

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, and the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz - Kay Nietfeld/dpa © Provided by News 360 The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, and the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz - Kay Nietfeld/dpa

The German Chancellor, in a joint press conference with the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, reiterated the importance of interconnections in Europe, as they contribute to energy security in the European continent.

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"We need more (energy) interconnections in Europe," he stressed, adding that this type of project may not be "profitable" at the moment, but "it is better to have them to help each other" because the transport routes no longer work, in a clear allusion to Nord Stream.

In this way, the German Chancellor explained that Berlin corrected "a bad decision" made "decades ago", not having independent infrastructures, "in record time". "The (energy) subsidy packages are important," he said.

Scholz also specified that the gas storage facilities are at 90 percent and insisted that it is necessary to cooperate to reduce energy prices, both with the European Union and with other gas importers around the world.

SPAIN AND GERMANY "The relations between our two countries are excellent," Scholz said with regard to the role of Spain, adding that it is one of Germany's "closest" partners, since it has "very similar visions" on the challenges to be faced in the future.

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In this sense, he assured that Spain agrees that the EU must be promoted as an "important geopolitical actor" in the international order, in order to guarantee a "strong, sovereign and prepared Europe for the future".

In this way, Scholz pointed out that Germany and Spain have work ahead of them in different areas, such as foreign policy, security, defense, research and education.

The "friendly" cooperation, therefore, will have an impact in the future on the creation of "decent wages and good job prospects". "We are talking about the future of digitalization and a carbon-neutral economy," he reminded.

THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE On the other hand, both Sánchez's and Scholz's views have agreed on the importance of continuing to support the "defense of Ukraine's integrity and sovereignty." "There are no solo steps," he has stressed, adding that this "will define" policy "in the future."

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"The Russian invasion of Ukraine is the greatest challenge of our time. Russia has shaken the international order," he has reminded, reiterating his rejection of the annexation of Ukrainian territory, which for Germany is a completely "null and void" action.

Thus, he has indicated that the "time of imperialism and the dark hours of the 20th century" are over, while specifying that the Ukrainian conflict "is not limited to the conflicting parties". "We made many decisions quickly that make it possible for us to ensure our energy security," he said.

EUROPEAN ANTI-MISSILE SHIELD Spain and Germany have committed themselves to strengthen European capabilities in defense and to reinforce cooperation on armaments and industry in the sector, although during their meeting they did not discuss the creation of the European anti-missile shield, without clarifying the possibility of Spain joining this project promoted by Berlin.

Scholz, however, did specify in a press conference that it is a matter of cooperation "at different levels", a total of four, to form this shield.

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This is reflected in the joint statement signed by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday at the XXV Spanish-German summit held in La Coruña, to which Europa Press has had access.

The two countries agree on the importance of strengthening this collaboration "both bilaterally and within the EU and NATO", the text states in order to "guarantee the peace and security of their citizens", it adds.

However, the text does not mention the European anti-missile shield to which the German ambassador to Spain, Maria Margarete Gosse, referred on Tuesday, stating that both countries would address this issue at the summit on Wednesday.

The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, advocated last August in Prague for the creation of a joint air defense system at European level with the aim of gaining "security" in the continent by investing "significantly" in defense in the coming years after Russia's invasion of Ukraine and that Germany will lead the initiative.

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