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Russia warns France over Mistral-class warship delivery

Russia warns France over Mistral-class warship delivery

…  by  Press TV, Tehran

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–  First published  December 5, 2014  –
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Mistral class

Mistral class

Russia has warned France its failure to act on a bilateral contract to deliver a warship ordered by Moscow poses risk to Paris’ reputation.

France has delayed taking the vessel to Russia, citing the situation in Ukraine. Ukraine’s eastern regions have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations there in mid-April.

Kiev and its Western allies accuse Russia of arming the pro-Russia forces, an allegation Moscow denies.

“I am a little fed up with this question. It is not our problem anymore. It is a problem of France’s reputation. They have to fulfill all the obligations under the contract,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

In line with the contract, France has to deliver to Russia two Mistral-class helicopter carriers it has built for Moscow.

The first of the two assault ships — which can carry 16 helicopters, four landing crafts, 13 tanks, 450 soldiers and a hospital — was supposed to be delivered in November, according to the original deal signed in 2011.

A peek inside this flexible platform

A peek inside this flexible platform

Editing:  Erica P. Wissinger

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6 Responses to "Russia warns France over Mistral-class warship delivery"

  1. neodsa  December 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Hope the contract has a late/non delivery clause in it……………..but then again finding an impartial court might be difficult.

  2. CoJonesGrandes  December 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I thought the Russians had got the first ship according to this article
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-24/russian-crew-boards-1st-mistral-carrier-france-quietly-completes-construction-2nd-sh
    However, on reading that again, it only said the Russian crew boarded the ship.

  3. Wanderer  December 6, 2014 at 5:17 am

    I wouldn’t want the damn thing now… it’ll be naught but a floating Trojan horse, courtesy of the Cabal.

    • arlequin  December 6, 2014 at 8:50 am

      i do not believe they want it, its just the face to be kept.

  4. Divine Law  December 5, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Sergei we had to deal with the French railway transporting Jews during world war two by the Nazi’s first. Maybe we can make time to address the Mistral later.

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