EU Parliament Supports France's Call to Postpone Mistral Delivery to Russia

© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankThe European Parliament welcomed France's decision to postpone the delivery of Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia
The European Parliament welcomed France's decision to postpone the delivery of Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia - Sputnik International
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France's decision to postpone the delivery of Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia hailed by European Parliament.

Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu - Sputnik International
Russian Defense Minister Says Ready to Sue France Over Mistral Delivery
BRUSSELS, January 15 (Sputnik) – The European Parliament welcomed France's decision to postpone the delivery of Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia in a resolution issued on Thursday.

"European parliament welcomes the decision by the French Government to halt the delivery of the Mistral helicopter carriers, and calls on all Member States to take similar line regarding exports not covered by the EU sanctions decisions, in particular as regards arms and dual-use materials," the resolution said.

The European Union, the United States and their allies took steps to sanction Russia's largest arms exporters and ban future arms deals with Moscow against the background of the Ukrainian conflict.

The Sevastopol amphibious assault ship of the Mistral class at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire. - Sputnik International
French Defense Ministry Not Ready to Comment on Russia’s Mistral Inquiry

The $1.5 billion contract between Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport and French shipbuilder DCNS for the delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers has also been put at stake amid tensions in Ukraine. French President Francois Hollande suspended the delivery of the first carrier expected in Russia by November 2014 citing Russia's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis.

The Vladivostok amphibious assault ship of the Mistral class at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire - Sputnik International
Firm Truce in Ukraine Needed for Mistral Delivery to Russia: Paris

On Thursday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that Moscow could file a court case against Paris regarding the nonfulfillment of the contract by the latter within six months. France could face penalties of up to $10 billion if it does not fulfill its contractual obligations, according to experts.

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