Acccording to a statement from the Navy, in order to “ensure efficient surveillance of activity in Portuguese waters”, the monitoring of this Russian ship, which is destined for the Mediterranean Sea, was carried out by the ships of the Portuguese Republic D. Francisco de Almeida and Figueira da Foz.

"The mission took place within normal limits, with the ship carrying out the transit without any irregular activity being detected", assures the Navy.

As part of the daily monitoring of the Navy's Maritime Operations Center and the commitment of naval units, the two Portuguese ships "accompanied a general cargo merchant ship flying the Russian flag and coming from Ekonomiya, Arkhangelsk, Russia".

“The Navy will continue to carry out its mission of surveillance of maritime spaces under national sovereignty or jurisdiction, accompanying the passage of these ships, in order to guarantee the safeguard and defense of national interests at sea”-.