Final Decision On Mistral Helicopter Carriers Expected By May, No Sanctions On France Yet

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  • 01:14 PM, March 19, 2015
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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.

“Russia has not yet initiated any sanctions; financially or judicially against Paris and we are taking no measures yet. We have initiated nothing. We are waiting very quietly and adequately,” Alexander Fomin, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation was quoted as saying by Tass agency Tuesday.

“The Mistral delivery was disrupted in late November last year. We hope that the French government will take an adequate decision,” the head of the service said.

In an interview with polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza last week, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls assumed responsibility for the non-delivery of the warships.

"In November last year, President (Francois) Hollande decided that the situation in eastern Ukraine made it impossible for France to deliver this ship to Russia. Our stance has remained unchanged since then," Valls said.

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