According to ABC, Ceuta is a Spanish autonomy not covered by the NATO’s "umbrella". Thus, calls of foreign naval ships at Ceuta are allowed, and the alliance treaty is not violated, emphasizes the periodical. Since 2012, over 50 Russian Navy’s ships have visited Ceuta to replenish fuel, supplies, and let the crews have rest.
The Northern Fleet’s aircraft carrier group headed for the Mediterranean Sea on October 15. The task force includes heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, heavy nuclear-powered battlecruiser Pyotr Veliky, destroyers Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov, and auxiliary ships.