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Ship loaded with Russian coal docks in Spanish port of Gijon

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By Reuters

MADRID -A Maltese-flagged ship carrying Russian coal and petroleum coke has docked in the northern Spanish port of Gijon, port authorities said on Monday.

Another Maltese-flagged ship, loaded with Russian crude, docked in Cartagena, southern Spain, on Friday, authorities confirmed.

The European Union approved sanctions against imports of coal, wood, chemicals and other products such as vodka from Russia on April 8 in a bid to cut trade after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, although the sanctions are not yet fully enforced.

On April 27, another Maltese-flagged vessel tried to enter the Port of Barcelona but was denied access because it was carrying cargo transferred from a Russian ship under sanctions, Spain’s Transport Ministry said in a statement at the time.

A spokesperson at the Spanish ministry did was not immediately able to respond to a request for comment.