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France hasn’t yet fixed a date for delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia (scheduled for November 14), the French defense minister said. If France doesn’t deliver due to US and NATO pressure, it will have to pay a huge forfeit.
"No delivery date can be fixed at this stage," Jean-Yves Le Drian, the country’s defense minister told the National Assembly, the lower house of France’s Parliament.
"The president of the Republic has said that a definitive decision will come at the right moment, taking into account all the responsibilities that come with this decision, which is not a simple one," he added.
Moscow and Paris signed a €1.12 billion ($1.6 billion) deal to build two Mistral helicopter carriers in June 2011. The contract says that Russia was supposed to receive the first of the two warships, the Vladivostok, in October 2014.
Delivery, however, has been postponed due to the conflict in Ukraine and pressure applied by the US and EU on France to cancel the contract.
Western allies have been pushing Paris for months, saying that France has to make sacrifices to meet its commitment to oppose Moscow through sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine.
originally posted by: crazyewok
a reply to: Walsh
Sorry but I agree with france on this.
If you own a gun shop you dont sell a gun to a local thug thats started terroizing your neighbours in case he turns that gun on you!
... the penalty for non-delivery of the two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia could reach $ 3 billion.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: intrepid
If they were to get them they'd be best served to switch from A to B F-35s and fly some of them off the ship. Train the pilots with the US LHA and LHD crews, and learn how to operate them.
I've also heard Australia is looking for new assault ships and might be interested in these as well.
originally posted by: AnuTyr
We don't need another depression with conscription. That sucked for our grandparents for sure.