PARIS Dec 1 France called for restraint between
Russia and Ukraine after warships from Moscow's Black Sea Fleet
took up position off Crimea's western coastline in response to
the start of Ukrainian missile tests nearby.
"France is concerned about the deployment of Russian
warships off Crimea's coastline," Foreign ministry spokesman
Romain Nadal told reporters in a daily briefing. "We call on all
parties to refrain from all escalation and urge dialogue to
which France is ready to contribute in all possible ways."
Kiev began two days of missile tests on Thursday, angering
Russia, which has put its air defence forces on high alert
saying it hopes the war games won't disrupt international
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Toby Chopra)