PARIS — A French official said Wednesday that Paris had been informed in advance six russian warships would enter the Black Sea and the operation did not break a de-escalation pledge that French President Emmanuel Macron claimed he secured from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At a Monday meeting in Moscow, Putin told Macron that pre-planned military operations would be “maintained”. said an Elysée official. “Corn [Putin also promised] that he would not carry out other unplanned operations which could be analyzed as signs of escalation.
The talks took place amid a growing Russian threat to Ukraine, on whose border Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops. Macron said on Tuesday he had secured a commitment from Putin that he would not step up military activity around Ukraine, but the Kremlin pushed back hard against any agreement.
the An Elysee official said the six large landing ships entering the Black Sea did not represent a breach of the guarantee that France says it obtained from Putin, because it had been informed of them in advance. “Otherwise, there would have already been a reaction,” he added. the official said.
In a statement, the Russian Ministry of Defense noted the movement of the six ships was “a planned transition from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, where they will participate in naval exercises”.