MADRID (Sputnik) — On Sunday, British navy patrol boat HMS Sabre fired flares to warn off a Spanish vessel that entered the disputed waters off Gibraltar.
"We will officially make a protest to the British authorities because of the actions of the British Royal Navy," the representative said.
The United Kingdom considers three nautical miles around Gibraltar to be its territory, which is not recognized by Spain.
Gibraltar is located on the Iberian peninsula and has been controlled by London since 1713. Some 300 years ago, Spain ceded Gibraltar to the United Kingdom but Madrid continues to lay claim to the territory. In a referendum held in 2002, over 98 percent of citizens of Gibraltar rejected the proposal for Spanish sovereignty.