NATO has accused the Spanish government of betraying the interests of the military-political bloc. The occasion was the fact that Madrid has allowed dozens of warships and submarines of the Russian Navy to conduct refueling at a military base in Ceuta (approximately 30 kilometres from Gibraltar).
photo: Natalia Gubernatorova
NATO military analysts estimate that over the past five years, the port was visited by at least 57 ships and submarines of the Navy of Russia. The Alliance believes that due to the Spaniards that Gibraltar became the main base of the Russian fleet in the Mediterranean, writes The Times.
NATO officials also noted that the ability to refuel in Spain have considerably expanded the sphere of military influence of Russia. According to the military, by their actions, Madrid is undermining unity within the unit. This, in particular, said the representative of the United States Congress Joe Pitts.
He, in particular, demanded to make in the US defense budget amendment, which will require reports on countries that provide its ports to Russian warships.
Note that Spain recently received repeated angry shouts from NATO. In particular, in mid-April in Gibraltar Spanish gunboat deliberately tried to prevent the mooring of the us nuclear submarine Florida. In response, the British frigate engaged the Spanish boat warning shots.
On learning of the skirmish, officials in London infuriated and accused Madrid of disrespect to the “senior” companions. United Kingdom, we recall, at the time, took part of the Gibraltar isthmus. In Madrid consider that territory to be illegally occupied.Related posts: