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Claims of Egypt Selling Mistral Ships to Russia 'Nonsense' - Russian MoD

© Sputnik / Grigoriy Sisoev / Go to the photo bankThe Sevastopol amphibious assault ship of the Mistral class at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire
The Sevastopol amphibious assault ship of the Mistral class at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire - Sputnik International
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The Russian Defense Ministry denied on Friday claims by the Polish defense minister alleging the sale of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers by Egypt to Russia for $1, calling them 'nonsense.'

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Egyptian embassy in Moscow refuted the claims earlier in the day.

"Statements by Antoni Macierewicz about the sale of Mistral-class helicopter carriers by Egypt to Russia are nonsense," ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

The STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire - Sputnik International
Polish Defense Chief Claims Egypt Sold Mistral Ships to Russia for $1
"Macierewicz regularly makes statements of this kind to promote his image," Konashenkov stressed.

In August 2015, Paris and Moscow formally terminated the 1.2-billion-euro (some $1.3 billion at current exchange rates) deal on the construction and delivery of two Mistral-class warships. Shortly after, French President Francois Hollande confirmed that a deal had been reached with Egypt on the delivery of two Mistrals to the Arab country.

On Tuesday, Anatoly Punchuk, deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) said that Egypt had appealed to Russia to supply Ka-52 helicopters (NATO reporting name: Hokum B) for the Mistrals.

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