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Polish Defense Chief Claims Egypt Sold Mistral Ships to Russia for $1

© Sputnik / Grigoriy Sisoev / Go to the photo bankThe STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire
The STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire - Sputnik International
Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz claimed Friday that Egypt had resold the two Mistral aircraft carriers it bought from France to Russia for the symbolic price of $1.

Mechanics work on a Ka-52K Katran helicopter at the Progress aviation plant in the Primorsky Territory - Sputnik International
Egypt Appeals to Russia for Supplies of Helicopters for Mistral Ships
WARSAW (Sputnik) — The warships were built for the Russian Navy and sold to Egypt last year after Paris refused to deliver the ships to Russia over its alleged role in the Ukraine war and Crimea’s secession.

Speaking in the Polish parliament, Macierewicz declared that Egypt "has recently handed them over to Russia for a dollar." He assured reporters his source was a "very good" one and the information was "reliable."

The second ship arrived in the Egyptian port of Alexandria earlier this month. Moscow has been in talks with Cairo to supply it with Russian-made helicopters for the Mistrals.

Macierewicz’s claim came amid an ongoing row between the Polish government and France’s Airbus over the failed sale of French Caracal helicopters.

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