Certain officers of the General staff military power of France From the beginning did not agree With the intent of the Elysee Palace to sell the helicopter carrier type "Mistral" Russia, says French printed edition of Le Monde.
"Complete coincidence of views regarding the possible sale of "Mistral" of Russia in France was never. From the outset, some of the high officers of the General staff military power of France expressed its disagreement With the plan of sale of Russian helicopter ", - reported in the material, reports news Agency.
it notes that ultimately, the decision " in the name of maintaining good relations between France and Russia, but also because of the need to Express support for the marine shipyard of Saint-Nazaire, were in a difficult situation."" This is the line followed who was then Prime Minister of France fran?ois Fillon and the head of the Ministry of defense Herve Morin - and they insisted. The final decision was made by President Sarkozy, who spoke as arbitrator in this dispute ", - informs the print edition. Remember, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the head of the French Republic Francois Hollande agreed to halt the validity of the contract for construction and supply of 2 amphibious assault ships of the " Mistral ". July 10, stated that Moscow and Paris has prepared a draft agreement on the "Mistral" – document will be signed after his statement at the government level country pairs. The contract for production and delivery of 2 helicopter carrier, signed in 2011 by the French company DCNS and Rosoboronexport, was estimated at 1, 2 billion euros. 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.