Fighters and tankers, as well as an electronic reconnaissance aircraft Transall C-160NG of the French Aerospace Forces, were seen near the Crimea. At the same time, it is noted that the French do not behave aggressively, do not try to commit any provocations. The same applies to French ships previously seen in the Black Sea area.
It is clear that French aircraft are patrolling, in other words, reconnaissance, as part of NATO’s overall policy towards Russia.
This situation was commented on by the former Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Ordzhonikidze. According to him, this is happening on the eve of a call announced by French President Emmanuel Macron to Vladimir Putin in connection with the Ukrainian situation.
“This is all designed for the French voter. Macron needs to demonstrate the greatness of France. It shows: I am not afraid of the Russians, France can inspect the movements of Russian troops in the Black Sea region with its reconnaissance aircraft. We are not afraid of their Armed Forces. But at the same time it is silent that France should conduct intelligence work within the framework of NATO. The United States in this organization decided everything long ago and assigned the roles – who, when and with what forces will conduct this or that activity on the borders with our country, ”stressed Ordzhonikidze.