The French government made the final decision not to put the helicopter carrier "Mistral" Russia, despite a large penalty for breach of contract. About this said the head of the Ministry of defense of France Jean-Yves Le Drian at a press conference in the U.S. capital, the Agency reports.
the head of the defense Ministry of France noted that the failure of the contract with Russia will cost France to 1, 2 billion dollars, but no choice, according to his statement, no.
according to the Agency, the head of the defense Ministry of France recalled that Ostrovka contract on the "Mistral" was associated with the Russian position on the Ukrainian conflict. Due to the fact that the situation with Russia has not changed, the contract is unable to be performed, leads Sputnik words Le Drian.
Le Diran also said that France would be difficult to find a buyer for the "Mistral" because the ships were designed according to the Russian requirements. However, He added that he would be happy if the U.S. agrees to buy these ships, underlines Sputnik.
the contract for production and delivery of 2 helicopter carrier "Mistral" was signed between the French DCNS/STX and Rosoboronexport in 2011. France had to give the 1st ship "Vladivostok" in November of last year, it was announced November 14, but it never was. Russia expects France or delivery of the ships, or money back.