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France has said conditions are "not right" for delivery of the first of two Mistral assault navy ships to Russia.
President Francois Hollande's office blamed Moscow's recent actions in Ukraine.
France had until now resisted pressure to halt the delivery.
Correspondents say the EU has struggled to tighten sanctions against Russia, restricting itself to travel bans and asset freezes against individuals.
originally posted by: MarioOnTheFly
originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
a reply to: stumason
Wonder if Russia will get a refund or compensation
I doubt they paid in advance. Who the hell does that ?
originally posted by: SonOfTheLawOfOne
I say good on France for not being an enabler!
Maybe that will start a domino effect of other countries that will put the clamps down on Russia tight enough to get them to back off of this ridiculous elementary-school playground bullying and war posturing.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: MarioOnTheFly
Military contracts generally have set points where payments are made. If they don't meet those points penalties can be imposed, so the payment amount is lower. If they're ahead of schedule then bonuses can be included.
originally posted by: GreenMtnBoys
The French economy is in the toilet along with the rest of Europe and the USA. What Europeean leaders and ours as well fail to get through their thick skulls is Russia is an energy INDEPENDENT nation! WWIII could break out and the Russian people would be fine. Europe couldn't last a winters week without Russia. The US wouldn't last a month without cheap ME oil. THAT is the difference! A very big one. Europe needs Russia a hell of a lot more than Russia needs the EU. Russian people are tough sons of biotches. The French? Lol