Malta at the diplomatic level Russia gave consent to the refueling tanker “Dubna” in your port for a week before the foreign Minister George Vella said the refusal to accept the Russian ships. It is reported Associated Press with reference to available Agency a letter.
According to the Agency, a letter addressed to the Russian Embassy in Malta. The document States that the tanker “Dubna” from the group of Russian Navy ships headed by aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” had received permission to anchor in the Maltese port for three days starting from November 4.
Thursday Vella said the refusal of countries to accept Russian ships to refuel, reported the newspaper The Times of Malta.
Vella’s statement came a day after Spain ruled out the possibility of refueling “Admiral Kuznetsov” in the port of Ceuta. Initially, Spain has agreed to refuel, but changed its decision after criticism from European politicians. “It is outrageous that Spain, as a member of NATO and the EU, allows the Russian Navy to refuel and obtain maintenance on its territory”, — said the former Prime Minister of Belgium, head of the Alliance of liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament guy Verhofstadt
Later the defence Ministry has denied the plans of the Russian ships to come into port of Spain, noting that Agency “no requests to address the Spanish authorities about the arrival of a heavy aviabearing cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” for the refueling in the port of Ceuta is not sent”.
The defense Ministry official said that the campaign in the Mediterranean sea in addition to “Admiral Kuznetsov” includes Russia’s heavy nuclear-powered cruiser “Peter the Great”, as well as large anti-submarine ships “Severomorsk” and “Vice-Admiral Kulakov”. According to “Interfax”, they are accompanied by a large sea tanker “Sergey Osipov”, the average sea tanker “Dubna” and the tanker “Kama”.