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Russia oppugns western countries for pressure to deny port access in Spain

Russia oppugns western countries for pressure to deny port access in SpainRussia's defense minister has criticized NATO for applying pressure to deny port access in Spain to Russian warships en route to Syria.

Defence minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday the denial hasn't affected the mission of Russian warships led by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, adding that it has all the necessary supplies.

Russia had requested Spain to moor but later withdrew its request as NATO allies put pressure on Madrid over concerns that the ships could be used to ramp up air attacks in Syria.

Shoigu said: "It's time for our Western partners to determine whom they are fighting: terrorists or Russia."
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