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Putin sounds off starting gun to war as Russian navy stalks French frigate in Black Sea

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Russia’s Defence Ministry has said today that its Black Sea Fleet forces were tracking the French navy’s Auvergne frigate after the vessel entered the Black Sea, the Interfax news agency reported.

This comes as tensions between Russia and the West are at a high as Russia builds up its military forces at the border with Ukraine.

Just this week EU high representative Josep Borrel warned that the EU should be considering a variety of potential red lines that could trigger “high impact” sanctions and other “severe consequences” from the bloc and its partners, including the UK.

He said that a “hybrid attack” from Putin was likely.

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