Moscow has welcomed French President François Hollande’s statement that his government will reimburse Russia if negotiations fail between the two nations over delivery of two Mistral Warships; Ria Novosti reported today quoting a diplomatic source as saying.
"If the boats are not delivered, then I don't see how they could be paid for," Hollande told journalists after meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday. "Among the various scenarios, there will either be reimbursement or payment."
"This is a very valuable statement for us," the source said in regards to Hollande's recent suggestion to return money Russia had paid for the delivery of Mistral ships.
Russia and France signed the €1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) deal for the two Mistral-class ships in June 2011. While the first carrier, the Vladivostok, was expected in Russia until the end of November, but never arrived, the second ship, the Sevastopol, was supposed to arrive in 2015.
France put the delivery on hold, citing the situation in eastern Ukraine as the reason behind the decision.
Relations between Russia and the European Union member countries have deteriorated amid the Ukrainian crisis, as European leaders kept blaming Moscow for its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian internal conflict – a claim that Kremlin has repeatedly denied.
Mistral Detection has provided DNS300 Sonar advanced sonar system to an unnamed Latin American country Navy to assist with underwater search and rescue missions. The company announced in its press release on Monday that it will also provide DNS 300 NAV Navigation System to the police of another South American country to help maintain security during a major event
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
The French Mistral helicopter carrier Vladivostok could be relocated from Saint-Nazaire to Brest Naval base due to high maintenance costs, Local media reported. DCNS and STX shipyard operators are subject to port and maintenance fees of about $2
DCNS, the French ship and submarine builder may be heading for a loss during 2014, the fist time since 2003. Non delivery of the Mistral amphibious assault ship to Russia and delays in the Scorpene and Barracuda submarine projects to different customers has weighed down on the financials of the company, various French media outlets reported today
DCNS has developed in partnership with STX France a new landing craft to increase the operational capabilities of the Mistral amphibious assault vessel. The landing craft called CTM NG has been designed as an integrated amphibious force organized system around the Mistral of assault vessels, the Mer et marine reported on its website today
French-Russian talks on the amount of money that France has to return to Moscow for reneging on the Mistral helicopter carrier deal failed in May but are likely to resume later this month. A French delegation had arrived on May 28 and held talks with a Russian team
Russia is no longer interested in procuring of the two French made Mistral-class helicopter carrier warships and its only concern is in getting a compensation of 1.2 billion euro ($1
France has denied Chinese media reports of possible sale of Mistral destroyers (meant for Russia) to China, Local media reported. “The French Navy is on a visit to Shanghai between May 9-15 and it may try to sell its Mistral-class assault ships to China,” WantChinaTimes website quoted Duowei News as reporting
France is unlikely to commission the two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships (Vladivostok and Sevastopol) to Russia but will instead look for international buyers after refunding Moscow for the cost of the ships. India, China and Brazil have been cited as possible buyers for the two ships
Russia is likely to resume production of Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack) supersonic strategic bombers, Tass reported Wednesday. “It is necessary already today to start implementing tasks not only for keeping in good order and modernizing the fleet of long-range aviation but also for reproducing Tu-160 missile carriers,” Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu was quoted as saying by the agency during a visit to the Kazan plant
Russia's Defense Ministry has started to develop amphibious armored engineer vehicles that are equipped with machine-guns, electronic countermeasure devices and GLONASS navigation system for its army. The next-generation unified vehicles will be capable to withstand temperatures ranging from -40°C to +40°C and will be used for earth-moving works on the battlefield, as well under enemy fire
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