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France refused to supply the first "Mistral" - "Vladivostok"
France is refusing to deliver to Russia the first of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers, the Vladivostok, to Russia, President François Hollande said in a statement.
Vesti Primorye reports that the French leadership explains this decision by the situation in the east of Ukraine. Reports of a cease-fire agreement in the conflict zone between the security forces and the Donbas militia still have to be "confirmed and put into practice". In this regard, at the moment France does not consider it possible to supply the first warship, the statement of the Elysée Palace said.
The contract for the construction of a Mistral-type UDC for the Russian Navy was signed with France in 2011. This deal was the first agreement on the acquisition of military equipment in the West since the collapse of the USSR. The contract value was 1,2 billion euros. The first ship, Vladivostok, is to be delivered to Russia in October 2014, and the second, Sevastopol, will join the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea in 2015.