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Russian Navy returns to Spanish enclave after two years

13 November 2018
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Russian Navy ships have begun using the Spanish enclave harbour of Ceuta again, two years after their resupply visits were suspended amid complaints from NATO allies about aiding Russia at a time when it was taking an increasingly active part in the Syria conflict.

Three ships called at the port city in North Africa on 9-12 November to restock supplies and for crew shore leave, days after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Madrid.

They were led by the 10,000-tonne Slava-class missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov, which was accompanied by the tug SB-406 and the tanker Dubna .

Marshal Ustinov , which entered service in 1986, forms part of the Russian Northern Fleet based at Severomorsk on the Barents Sea, where it left in July to head to the eastern Mediterranean.

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