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    Russian military defense capabilities are not going to be affected by the non-delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers from France. To replace the French mistrals, Russia plans to build its own helicopter carriers.

    Failure to deliver two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia will not affect the country's defense capabilities, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Yevgeny Lukyanov told journalists on Tuesday.

    "Of course not. It's not a big loss," Lukyanov said.

    Sebastopol mistral warship is on its way for its first sea trials, on March 16, 2015 off Saint-Nazaire
    © AFP 2020 / GEORGES GOBET
    Earlier today, it was reported that Moscow gave up on the Mistral deal. Now the two countries will discuss only the amount of money that Paris should pay Moscow for the failed contract.

    Back in 2011, Russia and France signed a $1.3 billion deal for the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers. The first ship was supposed to be delivered last November, but France decided to put the delivery on hold, citing Russia's alleged interference in the Ukrainian crisis. Moscow denied the accusations and urged Paris to follow through on its contractual obligations.

    Paris proposed to terminate the contract and offered to pay $865 million, on condition that Moscow would allow Paris to sell the ships to a third party. Moscow denied the offer, as the deal is currently estimated to represent a much higher value than the amount stated by France.

    After the Mistral deal with France failed, Oleg Bochkaryov, a deputy chairman of the Russian Military Industrial Complex, said Russia will now build its own helicopter-carriers.

    "We have these types of ships planned… but we will build them a bit differently. We're not going to blatantly copy the [French] Mistral [design] right out," Bochkaryov told journalists.


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