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    A group of Russian warships heading to the Mediterranean will not enter the Spanish port of Ceuta because of changing its route.

    MADRID (Sputnik) — Russian ships led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier will not enter into the Spanish harbor of Ceuta because of the naval group's route change, the Russian embassy in Spain said Wednesday.

    "We confirm that the ships will not enter the Ceuta port because the route has changed," an embassy official told RIA Novosti.

    Earlier in the day, the Spanish Foreign Ministry said that Madrid was considering granting the Russian naval task group access to Ceuta on October 28-November 2, drawing criticism from NATO.

    On October 15, the Russian Northern Fleet’s press service said that a group of warships headed by the Admiral Kuznetsov, accompanied by the Pyotr Veliky battle cruiser, the Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyers, and support vessels, had been sent to the Mediterranean to hold drills and strengthen capabilities.

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