Moscow, perplexed at refusal of entry for its warships in Ceuta, 21.08.2021.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia was perplexed by Spain's refusal to allow Russian warships to enter the port of Ceuta, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"We learned with perplexity of the refusal of the Spanish authorities to grant permission for the ships of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy to enter the port of Ceuta," said the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, María Zajarrova, quoted in the statement.
This step, she warned, contradicts the"spirit of the Strategic Partnership Declaration signed between the two countries in 2009 and the constructive Russian-Spanish relationship that has developed in recent years."
"It is also surprising that Spanish officials allowed the story to leak to the country's mainstream media. They apparently want to demonstrate their alignment with NATO's Russophobic wing in the run-up to the alliance's member countries ' summit in Madrid in 2022," Zakharova added.
On 20 August, the Spanish government refused to allow Vice Admiral Kulakov and Altay to make a logistic stopover in Ceuta from 18 to 20 August.
The digital medium El Confidencial advanced the information, stating that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain asked Russian interlocutors for information about the subsequent destination of the ship, which was not provided.
Spanish Ministry sources told Sputnik that the ship's stopover in Ceuta was prevented because it did not have the documentation required to dock.
In turn, the Russian Embassy in Spain confirmed that it gave the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs the necessary information to call its warships in Ceuta.
Vice Admiral Kulakov warship's stopover in Ceuta meant a major economic injection for this city, damaged by the coronavirus pandemic and the recent crisis on the border with Morocco, which led to the irregular entry of almost 10,000 migrants.