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France Should Deliver Mistral to Russia Despite Foreign Pressure: Lawmaker

© Sputnik / Grigoriy SisoevThe Vladivostok amphibious assault ship of the Mistral class at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire.
The Vladivostok amphibious assault ship of the Mistral class at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire. - Sputnik International
A member of the French Union for a Popular Movement believes that it is in the best interests of France to maintain friendly relations with Russia, as it is a part of Europe.

The Sevastopol amphibious assault ship of the Mistral class at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW, November 26 (Sputnik) — France should fulfill its obligations on the delivery of the Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia and define its own foreign policy instead of falling under the pressure of the West, a member of the French Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), told Sputnik news agency Wednesday.

"The decision to indefinitely postpone the delivery [of the Mistral ships] was made under the pressure of other countries. And we in France do not let others make decisions for France. General [Charles] de Gaulle taught us to be independent and the problem of the Mistral – in a wider context – is turning into a problem of French self-determination and the independence of its political will," Jean-Francois Mancel, who represents the Oise department in the French National Assembly, told Sputnik.

"My stance is very simple: I believe France should keep its promises and fulfill its obligations to Russia," the politician added.

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Mancel also stressed that the Western sanctions imposed against Russia in light of the Ukrainian conflict were ineffective.

"We should not forget that the issue of sanctions goes together with the issue of employment and income of France's population. If we do not sell the Mistral ships, if we do not deliver them in time, we will have to pay a significant penalty," Mancel said.

Mancel believes that it is in the best interests of France to maintain friendly relations with Russia, as it is a part of Europe.

The head of the French political party Debout la France (DLF), Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, also believes that France should fulfill its contractual obligations regarding the Mistral delivery and act more independently on the international arena.

The Vladivostok Mistral-class helicopter carrier docks at Saint-Nazaire harbor, western France, Friday, Nov.14, 2014. - Sputnik International
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" [France] should send the Mistral ships to Russia – this is an obligation France took upon itself, Russia is not threatening anyone, France is in friendly relations with Russia. I believe that France should not deteriorate its relations with Russia over the problems with Ukraine, " Nicolas Dupont-Aignan said in an interview with Sputnik.

Russia and France signed a $1.6 billion deal for two Mistral-class ships in June 2011. The handover of the first ship, the Vladivostok, was scheduled for November 14, but did not take place.

On November 25, President Francois Hollande postponed the delivery of the first Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia over the situation in Ukraine.

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