MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The offers imply the return to the Russian side about 785 million euros ($865 million), which it can obtain only after the written consent of its government on the sale of the ships to any third party without any reservations, Kommersant said, citing sources in the sphere of military and technical cooperation.
- 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)
Russia and France sealed a $1.5-billion deal for two Mistral-class ships in 2011. The handover of the first ship was slated for November 2014, but the ceremony did not take place. French President Francois Hollande put the delivery on hold, citing alleged interference by Moscow in the Ukrainian crisis.
Russia has repeatedly denied its involvement in the Ukrainian conflict, and has condemned France's failure to deliver on its contractual obligations.
On April 22, Hollande said Paris would return Moscow's payment for the warships if the contract is terminated.