MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia has not changed its stance on the non-fulfillment by France on the delivery of the first Mistral helicopter carrier that was due at the end of last year, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti on Friday.
“Our [position] has been expressed several times,” Peskov said.
On Thursday, French President Francois Hollande said that conditions to hand over the warship to Moscow had not been fulfilled yet.
In 2011, Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport and French shipbuilder DCNS agreed a $1.5 billion deal on the delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia.
Paris was to deliver the first helicopter carrier last November, but the delivery did not take place. Hollande said the shipment was suspended due to Russia's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis.
Russia now expects France to either deliver the warships or return the money.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced in January that Moscow could file a court case against France in the next six months over the failure of Paris to deliver the first Mistral ship.
According to Russian experts, Paris could face penalties as high as $10 billion if it fails to fulfill its Mistral contractual obligations.
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