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    Egypt-Russia-France Cooperation on Mistrals 'Progressing Greatly'

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    Cairo’s cooperation with Moscow and Paris on the sales to Egypt of the Mistral helicopter carriers France originally built for Russia is progressing "in leaps and bounds," Mohamed Elkeshky, Egypt’s deputy defense minister, told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova – Moscow and Paris officially terminated the $1.3-billion contract for the delivery of the Mistral-class warships in August 2015. Moscow subsequently received some $1 billion from Paris in compensation.

    Cairo and Paris signed a contract in October 2015 for the two helicopter carriers.

    "There is joint cooperation between Russia, France and Egypt and this cooperation is very productive, the talks on cooperation are moving forward in leaps and bounds," Maj. Gen. Elkeshky said.

    The official expressed confidence that Egypt would receive the Mistral ships in June or July, and would cooperate and interact with Russia to the benefit of the three countries involved.

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