May 11, 2021
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Russian sailors watching a French patrol ship in the Black Sea

Russian sailors began to spy on a French patrol ship in the Black Sea. The vessel last visited the Black Sea region in autumn 2019 to provide support to Ukraine.

The Russian Black Sea Fleet has begun tracking the movements of the French patrol ship Commandant Birot. This was announced on Tuesday at the Russian National Defense Management Center.

The forces and means of the Black Sea Fleet began to monitor the actions of the French Navy Commandant Birot patrol ship, which entered the Black Sea on May 11, 2021, the message says.

Note that the last time Commandant Birot appeared in the waters of the Black Sea in November 2019. Then he went to the port of Odessa to demonstrate his support for Ukraine.

NATO forces are forced to constantly change ships in the Black Sea, as they are subject to the restrictions of the Montreux Convention. This document limits the time of the presence of warships of non-Black Sea countries in the Black Sea. In addition, it obliges countries to warn Turkey in advance about the passage through the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles.

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