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. “Certain sums were transferred for this contract.”
“If the French side has new options, there’s no need to use methods of megaphone diplomacy,” the Lukashevic added. “If the French side has new options, there’s no need to use methods of megaphone diplomacy,” the diplomat was quoted as saying.
“And the French side should make up its mind. In the summer, there were some statements, now the talk is different. But if not, money should be returned,” he also said.
The Mistral-class helicopter carrier, the Vladivostok, carrying some 200 Russian sailors on Saturday left the French port of Saint-Nazaire to pass a series of tests, according to Ria Novosti. The testing marks the ship goes to sea since its arrival to Saint-Nazaire in June
France could cancel a deal to supply a $1.6 billion helicopter carrier, ‘Mistral to Russia
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
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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
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France has to deliver the first Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia by the end of this month or else face serious legal consequences; a high ranking source in Moscow was quoted as saying by Sputnik Friday. “We are preparing for different variations
DCNS has terminated Yves Destefanis, the project director responsible for delivering Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia on Thursday after the confusion created by letter inviting Moscow to take delivery of the first of two Mistral ships in mid-November, local media reported. Herve Guillou, CEO of DCNS relieved Destefanis of his duties after French Finance Minister Michel Sapin announced that conditions for the handover of the ship had not been met
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