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The acquisition of "Mistrals" by Russia concerned Japan
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, at a meeting with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, said that the supply of Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia raises strong concerns on the Japanese side, RIA Novosti reported.
"Recently, Russia in the Far East has been strengthening its military power and intensifying its activity. Considering the influence from the point of view of Japan's security guarantees, (the supply of helicopter carriers) raises strong concerns," NHK TV channel quotes the words of Minister Onodera.
In response, Le Drian noted that Russia had already paid for the helicopter carriers, and, in addition, "they have no weapons and are intended for transportation." At the same time, the minister stressed that France "will comply if the European Union finds (the deal) subject to sanctions."