"But the Russian Federation never really experienced a particularly urgent need for ships of this class, for the simplest and most boring of reasons: Russia's navy does not have any concrete strategic tasks for which this class of ship is vital. We never engaged in any colonial wars, and do not plan to do so in the foreseeable future, either. For addressing the demands of our naval doctrine's tasks of nuclear deterrence and operations in our own coastal waters we need ships of a different type, which we already have."
- The ships are likely to be sold to a third party30.3% (688)
- France will play dog in the manger and drown Russia's Mistrals14.9% (339)
- France doesn't really have a choice; the ships must be delivered to Russia54.8% (1245)
Lekuh argued that the French government has behaved in a manner which has humiliated its own weapons producers, noting that "in the interests of Uncle Sam…the French gave Russia all its interesting documentation for free. Now they will be forced to fight like lions about the size of the penalty which they will pay for the transfer, which has already given cause for Homeric laughter among all professional traders of weaponry and military equipment."
"And we cannot exclude the possibility that having paid the penalty, the French government will have to spend more money taking apart or sinking the ships, until recently considered the pride of French shipbuilders, all in public view," Lekuh noted.
On Friday, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that Paris had proposed to pay Moscow 785 million euros ($865 million), on condition that Russia allowed France to sell the ships to a third party.
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