Russian naval forces are monitoring a French warship near Russia’s borders in the Black Sea, amid growing concerns over the risk of a major military confrontation.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that the Black Sea forces had started to track the French Navy’s missile frigate Auvergne.
The frigate carries a missile system of eight launching containers as its basic armament and also 16 cruise missiles.
Earlier this month, Russia scrambled military aircraft to escort French fighter jets flying over the waters.
France had also sent its warplanes to the region last month. In response, Russia scrambled military aircraft to ward off the fighter jets.
NATO has been beefing up its military presence in the Black Sea region amid tensions between the US-led military alliance and Russia over Ukraine.
In a conversation with his French Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin said last month that NATO’s “provocative” actions…