From the point of view of German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, the advantage of these agreements, in which Germany did not participate, was to bring Britain closer to the triple alliance of Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. The contract may have conflicted with the 1887 reinsurance contract between Germany and Russia. In the secret protocol of the reinsurance contract, Bismarck supported Russia`s expansion efforts. Thus, if the Mediterranean agreement did not de jure contradict the reinsurance contract, it at least contradicted its spirit. At first glance, the treaties have recognised the status quo in the Mediterranean. In fact, one of the goals was to stop the Expansion of the Russian Empire into the Balkans and its desire to control the Bosphorus and Dardanelles Strait. From this point of view, he also ensured the survival of the Ottoman Empire. He also protected Italian interests against France. It has thus united forces hostile to Russia in the Balkans and to France in North Africa. Mediterranean agreements (German Mediterranean ducks); The Entente française de la Méditerranée) was a series of contracts signed by Great Britain with Italy in 1887 on 12 February (through Germany), with Austria-Hungary on 24 March and with Spain on 4 May.
Other notes were exchanged on December 12 between Britain, Italy and Austria-Hungary. .