The embassy said that the naval group will not enter the port due to changes in the route.
Currently, the Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s only aircraft carrier, and its naval group are heading to the Mediterranean to hold drills and strengthen capabilities, according to the Russian Northern Fleet.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the Russian naval groups passed by Ceuta and continued its cruise.
The statement came following words by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who expressed concerns that the naval group could be involved in the Russian military campaign in Syria, including increasing the number of airstrikes in Aleppo.
In an interview with Radio Sputnik, Georgiy Fedorov, head of the Aspekt social and political think-tank, underscored that Ceuta is an autonomous city and, thus, its territory is out of NATO’s jurisdiction.
"NATO is acting like a big organized crime group that controls large territories and exercises military and political power and influence. There should be no illusion that an autonomous port city can escape this influence," he said.
According to him, the alliance made a deliberate attempt to create problems for the Russian naval group.
"But I’m sure that we’ll soon know where the ships will be able to refuel," Fedorov added.
The mission of the Russian naval group led by the Admiral Kuznetsov began on October 15. In addition to the aircraft carrier, the group comprised the Pyotr Veliky battle cruiser, the Severomorsk and the Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyers, and support vessels.