NATO will not consider taking over the order for two Mistral helicopter carriers that France has committed to supply to Russia, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen saidMonday.
Rasmussen in a press conference said, “NATO has not considered taking over the order for two Mistral helicopter carriers that France is responsible for delivering to Russia"
“It has not been considered because the issue has not been raised. This is for the French government to make that decision. Should the French government raise such an issue, I’m sure allies would have a discussion on that. But I’m not going to predict the outcome of that discussion,” Rasmussen said.
In connection with the France’s standing on the delivery of the Mistral ships, it remains unchanged despite the rising tensions in Ukraine, the French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said Monday.
French President Francois Hollande in an interview with Le Monde on August 20 said that the sanctions against Russia did not prevent the Mistral supplies.
Under the contract, Russia is to receive the first of the two warships, the Vladivostok, in October-November this year. The second Mistral-class helicopter carrier, the Sevastopol, is expected to be handed over to Russia by the end of the next year.
Russian shipbuilders are capable of servicing Mistral-class helicopter carriers, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said to RIA Novosti. “I believe shipbuilders and engineers will be able to organize the full servicing and maintenance of these docking-ships,” Borisov said
France has suspended most of its military cooperation with Russia, the French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday The statement comes as Paris still mulls over the idea of cancelling the sale of two Mistral warships to Moscow. Paris has suspended "the majority of its military cooperation with Russia" in the wake of Moscow's takeover of Crimea, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in the Estonian capital Tallinn
In light of Russias 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
The Russian Defense Ministry will scrap its plans to build two Mistral class amphibious assault ships under the French license in Russia, according to local news reports. In 2011, Russia and France signed a $1
The Russian Navy will take delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers, named the Vladivostok and the Sevastopol, in the next three years. "This is a new type of ship for Russia
In an agreement between France and Russia, two Mistral class amphibious assault ships will be supplied to the Russian Navy which will have air wings consisting of 30 ka-52K and ka-29 helicopters. A Mistral-class ship is capable of carrying 16 helicopters, four landing vessels, 70 armored vehicles, and 450 personnel
Russia will sue France if Paris refuses to honor a contract on construction of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said Thursday. "We will file a lawsuit and demand compensation [if the contract is not fulfilled], as it's commonly done in a civilized world," Ivanov said
The US Navy has commissioned a missile-intercepting defense base in southern Romania on Friday as part of a new and controversial NATO missile shield in a move that has infuriated Russia as NATO reinforces its presence in Europe. “The Deveselu facility will be a crucial component in building up NATOs overall ballistic missile defense system and the base will be operational and integrated into the NATO system by the end of 2015,” Alexander Vershbow, NATO Deputy Secretary-General was quoted as saying by Stars and Stripes
Azerbaijan plans to export 100 unmanned aerial vehicles to one of the NATO countries, Minister of Defense Industry, Yavar Jamalov told media Thursday. Media reports did not specify the NATO country
Arms companies from the US and UK could benefit from a NATOs proposal to create a rapid response force. Britain pledged to commit 1,000 troops to the NATO “Spearhead” force
UK has sold surplus 123 combat reconnaissance armored vehicles to Latvia in a $64.6million package, the UK ministry of defense said in a statement
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