Russia and France signed a 1.2 billion euro (some $1.5 billion at the current exchange rate) deal for two Mistral-class ships in June 2011. The first carrier, the Vladivostok, is expected in Russia by the end of 2014. The second ship, the Sevastopol, is supposed to arrive in 2015.
France is unwilling to pay Russia more than €1 billion for refusing to deliver Mistral helicopter-carriers, French magazine Challenges wrote.
Russian diplomats have added their say to the halted sale of French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia: they posted a funny puzzle picture on their Twitter featuring two packs of buckwheat, a toy construction model of a Russian attack helicopter and a book, “100 Great Diplomats”, but what do these have to do with the vessels?
Moscow and Paris plan to reach a mutually acceptable decision on Mistral-class helicopter deal next week, according to a high-ranking official involved in military technical cooperation.
Russia possesses the necessary technology to build helicopter carriers similar to the French-made Mistral-class ships, Russian presidential aide Vladimir Kozhin said.
Russia’s envoy to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov said that experts should decide what compensation France would pay to Russia for the failed Mistral deal.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that France cannot sell the Mistral helicopter carriers without Moscow's permission.
The topic of the Mistral may be brought up during the meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande in Yerevan, according to Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov.
Adm. Igor Kasatonov, the former head of the Black Sea Fleet, said that the Crimean city of Sevastopol could host Mistral helicopter carrier.
Russia was unable to contact French business partners just two days before the deadline for the first Mistral delivery expires, according to a high-ranking defense cooperation source.
Russia is capable to build Mistral-class warships itself, Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief stated Saturday.
Moscow does not want to see Russian-French relations being sacrificed for the sake of fleeting political trends, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said Thursday.
According to Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, Moscow received no formal cancellations of the Mistral-class warship deal from Paris and the delivery schedule remains unchanged.
France has postponed the delivery of first Mistral-class warship to Russia but this does not violate the contract, a high-ranking Russian defense industry source said Friday.
Russia expects France to deliver Mistral-class amphibious assault ships on schedule, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said in an interview with RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
Russia and France may sign an act on transferring first French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ship to Russia in late October or early November, Igor Sevastyanov, a deputy director general of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said Tuesday.
The Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok, carrying the first crew of some 200 Russian sailors, has finished a series of tests early Monday morning.
The conditions, under which the first Mistral helicopter carrier will be shipped to Russia, can be met, but they are not in place yet, French President Francois Hollande said at a press conference Thursday.
The Mistral-class helicopter carrier, the Vladivostok, carrying some 200 Russian sailors on Saturday left the French port of Saint-Nazaire to pass a series of tests.
Russian sailors, who are currently training to crew Mistral-class helicopter carriers, built in France for the Russian Navy, will go to sea Saturday morning to take part in sea trials of the first ship ordered by Moscow, the Vladivostok, a source familiar with the situation told RIA Novosti.
Russia is capable of building its own Mistral helicopter carriers similar to the ones France is currently constructing, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Monday in an interview on Rossiya-24 television.
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