Friday, May 6, 2011

Spain delivered arms to Libya – WikiLeaks

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero disclosed information on Spanish arms exports which made $1.6 bln in 2010. Thanks to WikiLeaks, it got out what Zapatero concealed. In 2007 he agreed with Gaddafi on arms delivery to the amount of $1.5 bln. Hasty growth of Spanish arms export began after Zapatero assumed the office; this conflicts with pacifist ideology declared by the head of Spanish government, supposes Spanish El Economista. 

Sharply changed political situation in Libya forced the Spanish premier to make radical decision and re-direct Spanish arms against the profitable customer. In one night Muammar Gaddafi who had been treated as a special partner in Madrid turned into a rogue leader doomed to be overthrown by military force. Special relationship with Libya established after Gaddafi's visit to Madrid in 2007 made Spain the world's sixth arms exporter in 2008, reports El Economista. 


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