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Tanker detained by Gibraltar on U.S. request to Britain, Spain says

FILE PHOTO: Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell talks during an interview commenting on the possible Brexit extension, in Madrid, Spain March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho

MADRID (Reuters) - Gibraltar detained the supertanker Grace 1 after a request by the United States to Britain, acting Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday.

Spain was looking into the seizure of the ship, suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria, and how it may affect Spanish sovereignty as it appears to have happened in Spanish waters, Borrell said.

Spain does not recognise the waters around Gibraltar as British.

Reporting by Belen Carreno; Writing by Paul Day; Editing by Andrei Khalip