A group of Russian warships led by the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”, the next to the shores of Syria, not to refuel in Malta. As reported by the newspaper Times of Malta, said the foreign Minister George Vella, thereby denying information to the press about what the court will make a stop in the center of Malta to refuel.
“Malta will not be refueled not a single Russian ship,” – said the publication of Vella. However, he did not specify whether the reported from Russia, the request for the entry of ships for refueling.
The foreign Ministry of Malta , RIA “Novosti”
confirmed that the authorities of this country will not allow “fill up any Russian ships in the Mediterranean sea”.
Earlier, the former chief of the General staff of the Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Kravchenko said, RIA “Novosti” that the next refueling group of Russian warships led by the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” can take place in the Mediterranean sea in the district of Malta from a tanker of the black sea fleet. According to TASS, the Russian Navy is sometimes used Malta for refuelling and resupply.
This week in Western countries expressed concern about
possible visit of the Russian ships in the Spanish port of Ceuta to refuel. However, on the eve of the Ministry of defense of Russia has denied messages of foreign mass media about the planned approach “Admiral Kuznetsov” to refuel in Ceuta.
“Any requests from the defence Ministry to address the Spanish authorities on
the approach of a heavy aviabearing cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” for the
refueling in the port of Ceuta was not sent”, – said “Interfax” the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov. He assured that the Russian naval carrier group, “fully provided with the necessary supplies of material resources to perform tasks in the distant sea and ocean zone in Autonomous mode.”
At the same time, Konashenkov noted that after passing the Strait
Gibraltar, the defence Ministry provided an opportunity for
agreement with the Spanish side “business approach individual ships or
support vessel from the Russian naval group”. “Today, representatives of the Spanish management reported that due to pressure from the United States and NATO, the visit of the Russian ships in the port of Ceuta inexpedient”, – told the representative of the defense Ministry, stressing that the current situation does not affect the movement of the ship aircraft carrier group by the approved route.
Later the Spanish foreign Minister explained that three Russian ships were supposed to be in Ceuta on 28 October-2 November, but on Wednesday, the Russian side decided to withdraw the request for their entry into port.
October 15, naval aircraft carrier group of the Northern fleet began
the campaign in the Mediterranean area. In a group of 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.
The movement of the warships closely in the West. The Norwegian coast patrol aircraft the Lockheed P-3 Orion 17 Oct took the pictures of the ships as they passed off the coast of Norway.
Fighters air force of great Britain approached with Russian vessels during their passage across the 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”.