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Russia: The second Mistral is being built says Pushkov01:38

Russia: The second Mistral is being built says Pushkov

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 23, 2015 at 17:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

France has put on hold the delivery of the Mistral warships to Russia only because of its "alliance commitments and political position," said Alexei Pushkov, head of the Russian State Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee in Moscow, Thursday.

Pushkov stressed that France's decision to suspend the delivery of two Mistral-class warships to Russia last autumn was not a "final answer." He added that this question would surely "be on the agenda" when the current crisis in Ukraine has been overcome and the Minsk agreements implemented.

The Russian statesman made the point that it was impossible for France to sell the warships to other countries because they were made-to-order for the Russian Navy, meaning France would therefore have to cancel the contract and pay the necessary penalties. Pushkov also noted that the second Mistral "was being built" and hoped that the French decision to suspend its delivery would be changed.

The Russian and French presidents, Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande, are expected to discuss the contract in Armenia on Friday, during the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the mass killing and deportation of ethnic Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during WWI.

Russia: The second Mistral is being built says Pushkov01:38
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France has put on hold the delivery of the Mistral warships to Russia only because of its "alliance commitments and political position," said Alexei Pushkov, head of the Russian State Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee in Moscow, Thursday.

Pushkov stressed that France's decision to suspend the delivery of two Mistral-class warships to Russia last autumn was not a "final answer." He added that this question would surely "be on the agenda" when the current crisis in Ukraine has been overcome and the Minsk agreements implemented.

The Russian statesman made the point that it was impossible for France to sell the warships to other countries because they were made-to-order for the Russian Navy, meaning France would therefore have to cancel the contract and pay the necessary penalties. Pushkov also noted that the second Mistral "was being built" and hoped that the French decision to suspend its delivery would be changed.

The Russian and French presidents, Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande, are expected to discuss the contract in Armenia on Friday, during the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the mass killing and deportation of ethnic Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during WWI.

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