Helicopter class " Mistral ", built for the Russian Federation, have the opportunity to be flooded by France in the event of termination of the contract, written by French media.
"Among the main options considered official Paris, studied the possibility of the destruction of the helicopter. They will either be dismantled and scrapped, or sunk at sea ", - informs news Agency referring to the material of the newspaper Figaro.
This option of completion of the Franco-Russian contract to build 2 ships of class "Mistral" printed publication considers shocking. She quotes the phrase of an unnamed French occupying high military post, which notes that such measures " are unacceptable even from a position of relationship to the workers of the shipyards of Saint-Nazaire, where they were built giant ships." At the same time the print edition considers it unlikely attempts to use the helicopter carrier "Vladivostok" and "Sevastopol" of the French Navy, because They were modified for Russian standards and they must be in this case to rebuild and reequip that, according to experts, will cost at most hundreds of millions of euros." The main option in this regard is still opportunity to find new customers for these 2 "Mistral", emphasizes the print edition. According to her, Among the potential buyers are Canada, Egypt, " one of the Nordic countries." On April 27 the President's press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Paris will return to Moscow "Mistral" or an advance payment for them. Thus about any specific dates or other action the parties until not agreed. April 26, French media reported that Paris will pay Russia "Mistral" 1, 1 billion euros. At the same time, Western agencies reported citing unofficial sources peredali that the Russian Federation and France will break the contract on the "Mistral" in the near future. Before the head of the French Republic Francois Hollande after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Yerevan, said that a decision on the helicopter carrier type "Mistral" until it is not accepted. April 16, Putin said that Moscow will not require from Paris payments penalties and exorbitant fines for non-delivery of helicopter carrier type " Mistral ", but hopes that the French government will reimburse Russia costs. Remember, last year Paris at the time stopped the supply ships, for which he received the money, citing his disagreement with the policy of Russia in Ukraine. Opposing political force and the trade unions of France criticized the President of the Fifth Republic for refusing to put Russia "Mistral" alleging pressure from the capital of the USA.