In the framework of negotiations with Russia on the sale of 2 class helicopter "Mistral" in France, there was pressure from NATO and Eastern Europe, according to a report by the French Senate.
September 23, 2015 was held to review the report of Senator Robert del Picchia on the issue of termination of cooperation in the field of universal construction vessels management shall be notified to Senate.
"at the time of delivery of the ship in use, We experienced significant pressure from countries in Eastern Europe, not to mention the Baltic States, while NATO parliamentary Assembly. After the annexation of Crimea is already impossible to consider this deal only from a commercial point of view, " said Rainer in the process of the meeting, explaining the report.
"Poland really threatened to suspend the dialogue on the production and delivery of 50 helicopters "Caracal" in the amount of 2, 5 billion euros, if We put the helicopter carrier to Russia, " added del Piccio. Senator Allen Guadan said that the deal with Russia " was win-win ", as was the atmosphere of trust created between 2 countries." I remain convinced that if We did not act in haste, We would, maybe wouldn't stop the sale, " he added.
Also at the meeting was the assessment of Russian-French relations and the issue of the Russian embargo." in my opinion, there would be a big mistake not to take Into account the Russian Federation in the form of the necessary interlocutor, regardless of its position in Ukraine, to solve complex diplomatic situations and crises in the Syrian Arab Republic and other countries. Relations with Russia had always been regarded as an integral part of our diplomacy. We are faced with a situation with serious economic consequences, for example, in the food industry, said Christian Cabon, speaking about the response of Russia on the European punishment.- taking Into account the impact on the entire national economy, was it worth it?".
the contract for production and delivery of 2 helicopter carrier type "Mistral" cost 1, 2 billion Euro was concluded between the French DCNS/STX and the "Rosoboronexport" in 2011. France had to give 1st ship "Vladivostok" in November last year, but due to the events in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions against Russia that never was.
in early August, Moscow and Paris adopted a conclusion on termination of validity of the contract for the construction and supply of 2 ships-docks-type " Mistral ". France After the return of the Russian equipment installed on the " Mistral ", will be able to dispose of the helicopter.
first it was claimed that the head of the French Republic Francois Hollande reached an agreement with its Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi under the terms of the sale 2 destined for the Russian Federation helicopter type " Mistral ".