Thomson ReutersJanuary 7, 2013 13:21
By Clare Kane
MADRID, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Two Spanish regions with strong
independence movements reacted angrily on Monday to a speech by
the country's defence minister that said the military was
prepared and calm in the face of "absurd provocations".
Defence Minister Pedro Morenes made the comments at Spain's
annual Epiphany military parade on Sunday, provoking reaction
from politicians in Catalonia, where leaders are moving towards
a referendum on independence from Spain, and the Basque Country.