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 country’s president,” a high ranking official from the Russian Defense Ministry’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) was quoted as saying.
"In order to take further actions, turning to the court or giving France more time [to comply], Russia needs to have a written explanation of the situation," the official said.
The French-Russian mistral helicopter deal has been embroiled in controversy over the last few months over Moscow’s 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. Russia and France signed the €1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) deal for the two Mistral-class ships in June 2011.
The delay in the delivery of Mistral-class helicopter carriers from France has forced Moscow to demand either a quick delivery or a refund. “As our president has [already] told the press, the topic of the Mistral was not discussed during an unscheduled meeting in Moscow with French President Francoise Hollande
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
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
A final decision regarding the fate of the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers that France has to deliver to the Russian Navy can be expected by May, Rosoboronexport General Director Anatoly Isaikin said. “Both the nations are continuing an "active negotiation process" over the fate of the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers,” Isaikin was quoted as saying by Ria Novosti on Tuesday
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Russia yesterday unveiled a new combat robot which can shoot, drive a vehicle and provide medical aid. The new robot called Avatar, which can also travel on variety of Terrain, was designed to function like a human being
As Western sanctions have caused the Rouble to plummet to record lows, Moscow is hunting for weapons verses goods deals. Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov was in Thailand last week talking to the Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon where he proposed military cooperation and countertrade
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