Heard this on the news (source BFM and only in French) but sadly had to use Yahoo as a reference as for the moment most media outlets are keeping
their gobs shut about this one. :
Awwwwwww... Boo hoo... Diddums... just because the US Gvt (not the people) can't sell boats to Russia during the ongoing actual conflict... they have
to keep on using their usual tactic of bullying the world... and now including allies???
Washington (AFP) - US officials voiced concern Thursday at the sale of French warships to Moscow as they mulled tougher sanctions on Russia for the
political upheaval triggered by the Ukraine crisis.
The first of two Mistral warships is not due to be delivered to Russia until later this year, and France has so far resisted pressure to suspend the
controversial $1.2 billion contract.
The Mistral is an advanced helicopter assault ship and France's 2011 agreement to sell them to Russia already triggered protests from the United
States and other NATO allies.
More here :
France... A tiny country compared to the USA... who try to make money too... Apparently a fair and square tender that France won...
What the Russian Gvt has to say :
Moscow will seek damages from France if the deal on Mistral helicopter carriers is canceled, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
"The Russian side will unconditionally stand for its rights in line with the deals signed and demand to repay all losses incurred by cancellation of
the contract on Mistral," Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters.
"I hope the French side will balance everything and make a correct decision," the Interfax news agency quoted Borisov as saying.
He added that France risks undermining its credibility as an international business partner if the contract to build two Mistral ships is not
On Monday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said a possible annulment of the contract was among the sanctions against Russia over its Crimea
annexation. He said Paris might take this step in the event of further escalation of the situation in Ukraine.
Russia signed a 1.58-billion-US dollar deal with a French shipyard in 2011 for two Mistral-class ships, the first one is due for delivery in 2014 and
the second in 2015.
More here : www.globaltimes.cn...
Erm... before anyone goes any further in slagging off the French...and I know darned well that some teeth gnashers and shills are just waiting at the
starting line for the pistol to go off, maybe it might be an idea to look at the last statistics I could find concerning arms sales from the US here :
Ooooooooo just noticed... the USA haven't sold any boats yet up until 2008 according to the statictics listed below from the same source as above :
SORRY CANNOT FIND MORE RECENT FIGURES but would be grateful if some of you folks have something to share... probably get flamed from "CERTAIN PEOPLE"
who will say that my sources are not reliable...
U.S. Arms Sales Statistics :
Total U.S. deliveries from 2001 to 2008 :
Tanks and self-propelled guns 3,409
Surface-to-air missiles 1,017
APCs and armored cars 650
Anti-Ship missiles 551
Supersonic Combat Aircraft 159
Other aircraft 92
Minor Surface Combatants 25
Subsonic Combat Aircraft 17
Major Surface Combatants 10
World Arms Sales Statistics :
Total arms sales including military services in 2010 $406.25 Billion
Total arms sales including military services in 2000 $250 Billion
Total number of small arms in circulation 600 million
Total Arms Sales by Year (not including military services) In Billions
2013 $61.2 Billion
Top Global Arms Exporters :
United States Percent of global arms exports 30 %
Breakdown of U.S. arms exports :
South Korea 13 %
Australia 10 %
United Arab Emirates 7 %
Pakistan 6 %
Singapore 6 %
Other 58 %
Russia Percent of global arms exports 24 %
Breakdown of Russian. arms exports :
India 33 %
China 16 %
Algeria 14 %
Venezuela 7 %
Vietnam 4 %
Other 26 %
Germany Percent of global arms exports 9 %
Breakdown of Germany’s arms exports :
Greece 13 %
South Korea 10 %
South Africa 9 %
Turkey 8 %
Spain 7 %
Other 53 %
France Percent of global arms exports 8 %
Breakdown of France’s arms exports :
Singapore 20 %
Greece 10 %
Morocco 8 %
China 8 %
Australia 8 %
Other 47 %
Britain Percent of global arms exports 4 %
Breakdown of Britain’s arms exports :
Saudi Arabia 28 %
United States 21 %
India 15 %
Chile 6 %
China 4 %
Other 27 %
Ten Largest Arms-Producing Companies in 2006 Sales
1 Boeing (USA) $30,690,000
2 Lockheed Martin (USA) $28,120,000
3 BAE Systems (UK) $24,060,000
4 Northrop Grumman (USA) $23,650,000
5 Raytheon (USA) $19,530,000
6 General Dynamics (USA) $18,770,000
7 EADS (West Europe) $12,600,000
8 L-3 Communications $9,980,000
9 Finmeccanica (Italy) $8,990,000
10 Thales (France) $8,240,000
Top Arms Purchasing Countries from 2001 to 2008
1 Saudi Arabia $36.7 Billion
2 India $30.8
3 United Arab Emirates $15.3
4 China $12.9
5 Egypt $12.3
6 Pakistan $11.8
7 Israel $7.1
8 Syria $6.5
9 Venezuela $5.8
10 Algeria $4.9
Can anyone help with more up to date figures?
US Gvt... STOP TRYING TO TRAMPLE THE REST OF THE WORLD DOWN AND LOOK AFTER YOUR OWN CITIZENS FIRST... The quagmire you have created over there needs
to be fixed first without tampering with the rest of world peace...
edit on 9/5/14 by Rodinus because: Phrase changed