Russia withdrew the refueling of the ship aircraft carrier group, a part of which, in particular, includes the cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” and “Peter the Great”, in the Spanish port of Ceuta, said the Spanish government, reports Reuters. It was assumed that the Russian ships on the way to the Atlantic will go to the port of Ceuta for refueling on October 26. They began their mission on October 15, and October 21 entered the English channel.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the Russian ships have already passed Ceuta, passed the Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Mediterranean sea. Later in the Russian Embassy in Madrid confirmed the opinion of Moscow’s request for the entry of Russian warships to Ceuta, the Agency “Interfax”.
Earlier, the military sources that the ships Russian aircraft carrier group will stop to refuel in the Spanish port, caused a wave of criticism of Madrid on the part of Western politicians. Spain, a member of NATO, criticized for the fact that its decision is contrary to the policy of the Alliance.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in particular, said that the carrier group Russia can be used for bombing civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo. According to him, each country of the Alliance “will have to decide whether or not these ships to replenish supplies and fuel in the ports on the way to the Eastern part of the Mediterranean sea.”
“But at the same time we are worried, and I expressed it very clearly, the possible use of this battle group to empower Russia and as a platform for air strikes on Syria,” – said Stoltenberg.
The representative of the British foreign Ministry stated that “authorization for entry into
port of Spain is the Spanish authorities”. However, the diplomat recalled that “Her Majesty’s government had previously expressed concern to the government of Spain on the occasion of his hospitality to Russian ships in that time, as all concerned about the military activity of Russia”.
On the eve sources are in the Armed forces of Spain said ABC Espanathat some of the ships or submarines that accompany the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” on his way to the Mediterranean sea, will enter the port of Ceuta, to restock.
Ceuta and Melilla are part of Spain, not included in the NATO treaties as the territories defended by the Alliance, so the fact of the visit of the Russian ships to Ceuta does not violate the agreement of Spain with its NATO allies. The Spanish enclave of Ceuta located on the North coast of Morocco, directly opposite Gibraltar.
The sources said that two ships of the Spanish Navy frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon and the support ship Cantabria included in the task force of NATO, accompanied by Russian ships in international waters in the area South of Galicia. It was expected that a group of Russian warships will be held on Tuesday through the Strait of Gibraltar.
Previously Spain has been criticized by the allies in the North Atlantic Alliance that gives Russia access to the ports in Ceuta. In may 2016, the US Congress even passed an amendment to the law on national defence of the country by 2017, which will require the Pentagon to report on what NATO countries allowed Russian warships to enter their ports.
Fighters air force of great Britain previously approached with the Russian “Armada” during her passage through the English channel. Video passing through the Strait published by the British broadcasting Corporation BBC. The movement of aircraft carrier group of the Russian Federation followed the British destroyer Duncan and frigates Richmond and Dutch missile frigate “Evertsen” and the Belgian frigate “Leopold I”.
Before the Russian aircraft carrier group held off the coast of Norway. The Norwegian coast patrol aircraft the Lockheed P-3 Orion 17 Oct did pictures of ships. Against this background, the head of the intelligence service of Norway, Lieutenant General Morten Haga Lunde said that the Russian strike team, most likely, will play a crucial role in the battle for Aleppo.
On Saturday, October 15, naval aircraft carrier group of the Northern fleet began the trip from Severomorsk in the Mediterranean area. The group is the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, the heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Pyotr Veliky”, large anti-submarine ships “Severomorsk” and “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” and the ships security.