SPAIN summoned the UK’s ambassador on Friday, 18 July over Britain’s handling of an incident near the Gibraltar coastline.
The Spanish government did not react kindly to Britain’s earlier summoning of their UK ambassador after a Spanish navy ship redirected two British vessels heading to and from Gibraltar’s port.
While the Spanish government maintains that the ships were in Spanish waters, Britain claims that they were not, arguing that the ships were sailing through definitively international waters.
The Spanish Foreign Ministry was enraged by the summoning, explaining that such an action was reserved only for very grave situations.
Since the current Spanish government took office in 2011, the Spanish ambassador has been summoned five times over disputes in Gibraltar.