MADRID – Madrid is preparing to host next week’s Atlantic Alliance summit, scheduled for June 29 and 30.
Some 10,000 officers, coordinated by the Policía Nacional, will armor Madrid during the days of the upcoming NATO summit, which will be held in the Spanish capital in a rather heated geopolitical context, in the midst of the war in Ukraine and with tension between Russia and the Atlantic alliance countries at its highest in a long time.
For Spain, Europapress news agency informs, it will be the largest deployment of law enforcement in the country’s recent history to ensure security from June 29-30. As many as 40 world leaders will be in Madrid on those days. Among them, there is still uncertainty about the possible in-person presence of the current president of Ukraine, Zelensky. It will be the most important NATO summit in more than a decade, as it will serve to reshape the alliance’s structure after Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine
The Madrid summit comes just weeks after the 40th anniversary of Spain’s entry into NATO. An entry that was by no means a foregone conclusion, given the initial opposition of the Socialist Party (PSOE) and the Spanish left, in the context of a world context completely different from the current one.