France Postpones Mistral Warship Handover Indefinitely, Russia Threatens With 'Serious Claims'

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Bulgaria: France Postpones Mistral Warship Handover Indefinitely, Russia Threatens With 'Serious Claims' A picture made available on 03 September 2014 shows a Mistral helicopter carrier built on behalf of Russia at a shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France. Photo: EPA/BGNES

The French government has decided to put a hold on the delivery of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia.

The decision comes after months of uncertainty about whether Russia would receive the ships under the EUR 1.2 B deal, amid sanctions imposed by the West for Russian incursions into Ukraine, or whether French shipbuilder DCNS would instead find another buyer.

Nevertheless, it was believed that the first ship, Vladivostok, would be handed over to Russia on November 14, as per an invitation sent by the DCNS offices in Paris to the Russian state-owned arms supplier Rosoboronexport in October. According to a photo of the invitation, tweeted by Russia's Foreign Minister Dmitry Rogozin in the end of October, Pierre Legros, Senior Vice President of DCNS was personally inviting Rogozin to the delivery ceremony of Vladivostok in the St Nazaire harbour.

According to the state RIA news agency, the Russian delegation that had planned to travel to France to take part in the ceremony, had stayed home and no new date for a handover had been set.

"No delivery date can be fixed at this stage," Jean-Yves Le Drian, the France’s defence minister, told the National Assembly, the lower house of France’s parliament, as quoted by French media. "The president of the Republic has said that a definitive decision will come at the right moment, taking into account all the responsibilities that come with this decision, which is not a simple one," he added.

According to RIA, quoting an unnamed source, Russia may demand monetary compensation, unless France delivers the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers by the end of November.

"We are preparing for various scenarios. We will wait until the end of the month, then we will lay some serious claims," said the unnamed source.

The source said analysts were looking at various amounts of monetary compensation. "The sum will not be secret," the source was quoted as saying.

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#4
Agent Piccadilly - 15 Nov 2014 // 19:29:51

This rat Optmistic keeps spouting anti-Russian propaganda because he is on the payroll of GERB and the rest of those fascists who want Russia to fail in their bid to democratize Ukraine. What we need is a BSP-MRF-Ataka coalition to ensure the prosperity of the Bulgarian people just like they did in 2013 and to also ensure that political disenters like Optimistic are sent to Belene concentration camp for re-education.

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Optimistic - 15 Nov 2014 // 13:16:33

Yes France will deliver the ships, the political consequences for the French government is too great.

French people want the jobs building these ships provides and the French government would fall if they had to pay Eur 1.2 billion to Russia, France is broke and cant afford the compensation.

They are pretending to be strong but will give in and conform to their contracts.

Kiev is not worth the loss of jobs and the money.

#2
sa-sha - 15 Nov 2014 // 11:46:33

"We will wait until the end of the month, then we will lay some serious claims," said the unnamed source-----Your "source" is a plain fool, Novinite. In conformity with the Contract, France can pospone the handing "Mistral" over to Russia by 3 months, i.e. till February, 2015. And France will deliver these (absolutely needless to Russia) carriers, alas.

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businessman - 14 Nov 2014 // 19:00:15

He'll of a way to make business

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