>> They’re on their way from Russia to the Mediterranean to help Russia’s cause in the Syrian war. But after a diplomatic spat, this fleet still hasn’t refueled. The warships were due to dock at a Spanish enclave for a resupply, but that angered Madrid's NATO allies, who were worried about what the battle group will be used for.
Reuters' Adrian Croft in Madrid has been following the developments.>> Russia had asked Spain in September for permission for three ships to dock in Ceuta between the end of October and the first two days of November to take on fuel and supplies. Subsequently, a huge furor has grown up about this in NATO because NATO says that the Russian fleet is on its way to the eastern Mediterranean and will be used to attack rebels in Aleppo.
>> Ten Russian warships are already near Russia's naval base on Syria's coast. Now eight more ships including Russia's only aircraft carrier are heading that way too, complete with fighter jets and helicopters. The Kremlin has already stamped its military footprint in Syria. On Monday, a government official said Russia will create a permanent naval base in the country, perhaps not the roadmap to peace many are after.
An all-off cease fire is in its ninth day in Aleppo, but the military build up shows no sign of stopping.