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The diplomatic coinage means that Washington will employ all of its influence to scuttle the Russian-French deal. The American reaction to the warship deal followed last Monday's meeting between the French President, Nikolas Sarkozy and the U.S Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, at which Mr. Sarkozy told Gates that the deal was a normal business transaction with Moscow. He spoke in response to America's concerns. He told Gates that Russia should not be expected to behave like a partner if the West does not act like one.
Many in the Euro-Atlantic Region have expressed fears over the planned purchase by Russia of a French helicopter carrying assault ship. The concerns are gathering pace in the run-up to President Medvedev's visit to Paris and in the light of the French Foreign Ministry's agreement to go ahead with the deal.
A three-day Medvedev visit to Paris from Monday will not touch on the planned purchase of a French helicopter carrying assault ship. According to a source in the Russian defence establishment, the matter will be discussed later and probably result in the procurement of as many as four Mistral-family vessels. The Mistral normally carries 450 special forces delivered to target area by six helicopters and a choice of launches – four conventional motor boats or two hovercraft. Neighbours including Lithuania and Georgia have already signaled unhappiness over the Mistral purchase plan.
Naval shipbuilders in St Petersburg say they would need 34 months to construct two helicopter-carrying assault ships similar to France’s Mistral. They propose a joint project in which two other Mistral-type ships are built for Russia in Saint Nazaire in France.
Russia to acquire 4 French “Mistral” Class Warships (this is not good!)
Originally posted by anon72
So am I to assume you do not believe Russia is building up it's military and could potentially go on the attack in Europe?
The US has 11 carrier task force groups deployed and 369,000 troops situated around 150 countries in the world
Originally posted by anon72More evidence that Russia is building up it's military forces.
As the one article pointed out, Russia would be able to attack any country in the region so quickly no one would be able to respond or stop them.
Looking at the ship and reading some of its capabilities, I would say everyone in that region best worry (as well as the US as they will have to respond (or not).
Just a matter of when not if Russia will start attacking IMO.
You can see from the progression of the listed articles this is a big deal. Then you throw in the matter the Russia will have the plans and be able to build the vessels themselves.
The one article noted that the Russian would be getting a less equiped model-not loaded with the French tech stuff. I am sure Russia was happy about that as more time to install the stolen or copies USA stuff into the ships.
Originally posted by UlalaFrench warship design has been patchy when it comes to reliability
Russian maintenance (or lack of) will ensure only one or two of these ships will ever be fit for sea at the same time.
Nothing to worry about, seriously.