Reported initially by The Financial Times (London) and it gives a nice background, granted that such decisions and debates take a fairly long time, for a HMS Defender playing with death in Russia's territorial waters. As I always say, it never is a single reason, it is always a combination of reasons which produces a resultant, like with vectors in Physics. This clarifies it a bit.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, backed by French President Emmanuel Macron, reportedly wants the EU to consider “selective engagement” with Russia on issues of common interest and inviting President Vladimir Putin to a summit. French and German diplomats “wrongfooted” other EU member states at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday by proposing to invite Putin to a summit with the bloc’s leaders, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing “people with knowledge of the discussions.”
According to FT, the Franco-German proposal is “likely” to alarm Poland and the Baltic States, which are hostile to Moscow. It was also put forward shortly after the incident in the Black Sea, in which a Russian patrol ship and fighter jet fired warning shots at a British warship that violated their territorial waters near Crimea.
As I already stated above, such conclusions are never spontaneous and are in works for many days, if not many weeks or even months. That puts British adventurism into a new light and immediate reaction of Franco-German tandem to British provocation is a huge story in itself. I already had an exchange on that with Arctic Fox and Larch445 and here is what Larch, correctly, proposed: