The Foreign Ministry of Spain has not allowed two vessels of the Russian Navy to enter the Ceuta port. The supposed reason is that Russia did not provide information about the further route as El Confidencial reported.
On August 18 the Russian destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov and Altay support vessel have to enter the port for a three-day visit for reloading and restocking.
It is noted that Moscow has filed the request on the stop at the port at the beginning of the summer. The General Staff of the Spanish Navy, in its turn, has approved the request. However, according to the Spanish laws, the entrance of the foreign military vessels to the port should be also approved by the Foreign Ministry.
The Spanish Foreign Ministry has requested from Russia extra information about the further routes of the vessels; however, Moscow did not provide it.
After that, the Foreign Ministry of Spain made a decision not to authorize the stop of the vessels, acting like Russians – with no response. The Russian diplomats interpreted the silence as the negative answer.
Besides, El Pais tied this “political decision” with the fact that in spring 2022, Madrid will host the summit of the head of the states and NATO governments.
Moreover, the UK earlier expressed its discontent as the port is situated near its military and naval base in Gibraltar.
As we reported, Russian naval aircraft opened fire on a British ship in the Black Sea on June 23.
The Russian side claimed that HMS Defender entered Russia's territorial waters near cape Fiolent in the Black Sea. According to them, the incident took place at 11.52 a.m. Wednesday. The British crew was warned about the weapon used in case of the border violation, but they did not respond.
Later, the Ministry of Defense of the UK denied the fact of attack by the Russian military of its HMS Defender Defender near the coast of annexed Crimea. It was explained that the vessel held passage through the territorial waters of Ukraine.