In light of Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian crisis, France will consider scrapping a 1.4-billion-euro deal to deliver two Mistral-class warships to the Russian Navy.
In the interview with France’s TF1, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius denied the legitimacy of Sunday’s referendum in Crimea to join Russia and urged Moscow to take urgent measures to avoid “useless and dangerous” escalation in Ukraine.
The first French Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, named Vladivostok, capable of deploying helicopters and tanks, was due to arrive in Russia by the year-end under a June 2011 contract signed between Russia and France, according to Ria Novosti.
A second Mistral-class warship, the Sevastopol, is due to arrive in 2015 and become part of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquartered in Crimea.
"If Putin carries on like this, we could consider canceling these sales,” Fabius said Monday adding that the possible loss of the contracts could be negative for the French economy.
The French foreign minister said such move would be part of “phase three” of economic sanctions against Moscow. “Now we are at phase two,” he said.
The remarks came after US and EU imposed sanctions Monday on senior Russian officials following a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea in which voters overwhelmingly supported secession and reunification with Russia, the report added.
Those named on the US and EU lists of sanctions are banned from entry into the US and EU member states and their financial assets will be frozen.
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has built the 3,500th export version of the Mi-17 at Kazan Helicopters. The helicopter will be delivered to the Indian Armed Forces as part of a contract signed by Rosoboronexport in 2012, according to an official statement
Russian Helicopters will showcase its new developments including Ka-62 and Mi-171A2 helicopters at India Aviation 2014, held from 12-16 March 2014 in Hyderabad. The new multirole Ka-62 helicopter is built to a single-rotor design with a multi-blade anti-torque rotor ducted into the tail fin, offering enhanced security for passengers and crew during take-off and landing
The Algerian Ministry of Defense has placed an order estimated $2.7 billion for 48 new Russian helicopters, according to Lenta
The serviceability of Indias Su-30MKI aircraft have been affected due to the lack repair and overhaul (ROH) facilities that Rosoboronexport had agreed to set up but has not done so far. According to a letter dated December 13, 2013 by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to Mr
Indias fleet of Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter aircraft are suffering multiple failures of its cockpit display system, if leaked documents are to be believed. According to a communiqué between HAL and Irkut Corp dated 28 February 2014, the MC-1 or Mission Computer 1 and the head-up display (HUD) of the Su-30MKI has recorded “multiple cases of repeated failure”
Eastern European nations such as Romania, Poland and Bulgaria have increased arms imports, mostly from the US to counter possible Russian aggression. The Ukraine crisis has left Russias neighbors vulnerable and have all announced plans to buy aircraft, electronic warfare systems and missiles from Western countries
Russia is demanding France to either decide on the Mistral helicopter carriers deal or pay back the money already paid, Tass reported Thursday. “There have been many statements on the part of the French defense and foreign ministers on Mistrals, but there are the contract that needs to be implemented,” Russian Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Alexander Lukashevich was quoted as saying
The Kharkiv "Malyshev” plant has delivered another batch of military equipment to the ATO area. The order of Natshvardiyi tanks will arrive soon
The news concerning the initiation of investigation of criminal cases against Ukroboronproms management, which was published by some information agency, does not correspond to reality, Ukroboronprom said in a statement. "None of Ukroboronprom management is the object of investigations from law enforcement officers
France could cancel a deal to supply a $1.6 billion helicopter carrier, ‘Mistral to Russia
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