MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, Oleg Bochkaryov, deputy chairman of the Russian Military Industrial Complex, said that Russia planned to build its own helicopter carries to replace those not delivered by France.
According to Kommersant, the official was rebuked by Rogozin because Russia has never officially given up on buying the two warships from France and Bochkaryov had never taken part in the negotiations on their delivery.
Bochkaryov had also said that a special representative from France would arrive in Russia by Wednesday to negotiate a solution to the blocked delivery, something the daily could not confirm.
The handover of the first Mistral-class ship to Russia was scheduled for November 2014 after Moscow and Paris agreed a $1.5 billion deal in 2011.
French President Francois Hollande suspended the delivery over Russia’s alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis, a claim denied by the Kremlin.
Last month, President Hollande said Paris would return Moscow's payment for the warships if the contract is terminated.
- Russian sailors stand in formation in front of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire© REUTERS / Stephane Mahe
- The Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok is seen at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire© REUTERS / Stephane Mahe
- The Sevastopol amphibious assault ship of the Mistral class at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire.© Sputnik / Grigoriy Sisoev
- Launching stern of first Mistral helicopter carrier© RIA Novosti .