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Russian warships  REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters

Russian warships REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters

Russian warships REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters

The Russian embassy in Spain has confirmed that Moscow had withdrawn a request for a group of warships to refuel in the Spanish port of Ceuta, the RIA news agency reported.

It did not give a reason for the change of heart.

The battle group is expected to take part in Russia's military operation in Syria and Madrid was under pressure from NATO allies to refuse to refuel it.

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