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Controversial statements by a deputy in Paraguay: he admitted that he would “go to war” and slipped that they need missiles

Ruben Rubín, Paraguayan deputy, surprised this Wednesday by admitting that “I would go to war” and slip that his country needs “missiles that reach key areas of the region.”

He did it at times when relationship between both nations is not going through its best momentdue to conflicts over Paraguay-Paraná Waterwaywhere the Argentine government imposed the collection of a toll, and Yacyretáfollowing the decision of the neighboring country to withdraw “100% of the energy power” that corresponds to it from the binational hydroelectric plant.

“This example of friction with the neighboring country is a clear example that the national defense budget has to be a priority. As a young Paraguayan, I would go to war. Without a doubt I would go to war for my country”, launched the legislator from the Hagamos party in Paraguay in the Congress of that country.

After his words went viral, the legislator assured that they were taken out of context and that at no time did he refer to Argentina, but rather about the disinvestment in defense of his country, which he said does not have a single war plane to defend itself.

In the midst of a bicameral commission with the Guaraní Ministry of Defense, Rubín continued: “I believe that here it is not so much the issue of how many soldiers or troops we have, but rather of technology, of missiles that reach key areas of the regionto protect our resources.

Immediately afterwards, the deputy mentioned – and questioned – an alleged “loan that the United States gave” to Argentina “to buy airplanes” and that “one or two weeks ago it was made public”, an initiative that he defined as “crazy.”

Ruben Rubín, Paraguayan deputy, surprised this Wednesday by admitting that “he would go to war.”

However, he released our country from responsibilities and assured that it was Paraguay’s fault that this happened. “How can it be that the United States is giving loans to a country that works with China and they tell us ‘don’t work with China, work with Taiwan’ and on top of that they don’t give us money for weapons?” He asked his colleagues. .

“I understand that the priorities are other, such as having better schools, hospitals, public transportation. Now, I’m just wondering, it’s not a statement. What good are better schools to me if we don’t have the capacity to defend those buildings, our borders or our hydroelectric plants?” Rubín complained.

The conflict over the Hidrovía and Yacyretá

This Wednesday, the plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies of Paraguay issued a statement of support for the measures taken by the president, Santiago Peña, regarding the conflict with Argentina over the collection of tolls on the Paraná-Paraguay waterway. The initiative was by deputy Rubén Rubín Orrego, from the National Encounter Alliance, and had the support of all legislators.

The document mentions the “unilateral decision of Argentina of unfairly and arbitrarily charging tolls to the vessels that navigate the waterway” and describe it as “a serious fact.” And they consider that “the Government has adopted measures that deserve to be accompanied.”

A few days ago, Rubín himself had questioned the Argentine President about the Waterway. “It’s not something between Paraguayans versus Argentines, it’s something between Paraguayans versus the toll government of Alberto Fernández,” he noted.

The Paraguayan deputies relied on the statements of the Uruguayan diplomat and specialist in maritime law, Edison González Lapeyre, who did not hesitate to describe the Argentine decision as a “legal, political and diplomatic error.” And also in the document signed by Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay asking our country to lift the toll collection “because they violate the letter and spirit of Mercosur.”

Through the declaration, all the deputies supported Santiago Peña’s decision to withdraw 100% of the energy that corresponds to him from the generation of the Yacyretá hydroelectric plant. And to resort to the Olivos Protocol to resolve the controversy within the framework of Mercosur.

On September 8, the president of Paraguay, Santiago Peña, announced that he will request international arbitration, accompanied by the governments of Bolivia, Uruguay and Brazil, to resolve the controversy with Argentina over this tax. Last August, the Paraguayan Senate also approved a draft declaration in which it asks the neighboring country to “immediately suspend” this toll.

Paraguay has declared itself against a resolution of the Argentine Ministry of Transportation that sets, as of January 1 of this year, a rate of $1.47 per ton for international transport vessels.

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