In the situation with the "Mistral" French President Francois Hollande is expected to make a difficult choice between contractual obligations and diplomatic conventions, the journalist writes the French newspaper Guerre Ponsa and offers two possible scenarios.
1st scenario - If Paris will decide on the production and delivery of helicopter carrier "Mistral" of Russia. In this case, says Ponce, there is a marked cooling of diplomatic relations of France with members of the North Atlantic Commonwealth, as well As with Ukraine. In the end, the journalist emphasizes, the French defense industry could lose customers that don't support the policy of the Russian capital.
in the second scenario, discussed in the publication, France may refuse delivery of the ships of Russia. Then Paris will be obliged to return to Moscow 785 million euros under the contract, together with penalties, emphasizes Ponce, this amount will exceed billion euros, taking into account That the Russian Federation may require you to reimburse all the costs relating to preparation of infrastructure for the reception of vessels.
If Paris wants to resell Mistral, he will have to get permission from the Kremlin. While refitting of ships according to the requirements of the new customer would have cost tens or has the ability to be hundreds of millions of euros, says the journalist.
If Moscow does not agree to resell, France will have to take the private helicopter fleet, which already has 3 similar vehicle. This will lead to a significant reduction in the budget for the modernization of other ships, it is reported in the publication.
in case of realization of the second scenario, diplomatic relations between France and Russia have the opportunity to significantly grow cold, predicts Ponce.
anyway, adds the journalist, the refusal to supply "Mistral" will undermine the credibility of the French military industry.
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