Russia appointed a Deputy Navy Commander Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov to take charge of transferring the first Mistral-class helicopter carrier, the Vladivostok from France, Ria Novosti reported Friday.
Russia and France signed the $1.5 billion deal for two Mistral-class ships in June 2011. The first carrier, the Vladivostok, is expected to join the Russian Navy by the end of this year, while the Sevastopol is due to arrive in Russia in 2015.
But the deal has been in jeopardy after the West slapped Russia with economic sanctions over Ukraine. French President Francois Hollande in October threatened to suspend the deliveries of the ships, citing Russia’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict — a claim that Moscow has repeatedly denied.
The handover of the first ship, the Vladivostok, was scheduled for November 14, but the ceremony did not take place. Russia condemned France’s failure to deliver on its contractual obligations, saying Paris would have to pay a large penalty if the deal was canceled.
French shipbuilder DCNS has started work on the second Mistral-class amphibious assault ship built for Russia even as Paris has withheld export clearance for the first of the ships. The second helicopter carrier, named Sevastopol left its dry dock in the French port city of Saint-Nazaire on Thursday, RIA Novosti correspondent reported
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 may have unwittingly given Russia cause to sue the French company over the non-delivery Mistral-class helicopter carrier after its Project Director wrote a letter inviting the Russian Navy to take delivery of the ship. Yves Destefanis, the project director responsible for delivering Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia was sacked on Thursday after contents of the letter became public
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
Delivery of the Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia could be delayed indefinitely going by the tough posture adopted by the French government. With delivery scheduled for mid-November, the French government has withheld permission to the warship builder, DCNS to start the process to hand over the warship to the Russian Navy
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
Russia has demanded a written explanation from Paris as to why a Mistral helicopter carrier not delivered to Russia according to an earlier agreement, Ria Novosti reported Tuesday. “Russia could not accept oral explanations from individual French politicians of why the warship was not delivered on time, even if that politician is the countrys president,” a high ranking official from the Russian Defense Ministrys Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) was quoted as saying
The French-Russian mistral helicopter deal has been embroiled in controversy over the last few months over Moscows involvement in the Ukraine crisis. The deal, since it was signed in 2010, has drawn fire from the United States and its NATO allies from Eastern Europe
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Despite France officially putting the Mistral ship delivery on hold, Russia has no immediate plans to file claims, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Tuesday, Russian media reported. The minister commented after French President Francois Hollande announced on Tuesday the suspension of a $1
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