The Sevastopol, the second Mistral-class helicopter carrier built by France for the Russian Navy, has appeared on the ship-tracking system AIS, meaning it is ready for sea.
So when will get Russia its Mistral finally?— OST (@Restarted_guy) 12 февраля 2015
Sevastopol, moored 500 meters away from the Vladivostok Mistral-class helicopter carrier, is flying the flag of France, according to AIS data.
However, in early December 2014, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called any speculation about the contract's cancellation "premature".
Russia expects France to either deliver the warships or return the money. Russian experts estimate that if France fails to fulfill its contractual obligations, it could face penalties up to $10 billion.
In January, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said 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.