The head of the Ministry of defense of France Jean-Yves Le Drian during his visit to Malaysia to discuss the possibility of selling this country helicopter " Mistral ", said a person familiar with the situation source.
The Chapter "of the French Ministry of defence in the coming Sunday will arrive to Malaysia, where he will discuss the possibility of selling this country helicopter" Mistral ", – informs referring to a source in French printed edition of the Tribune, reports RIA " Novosti ".
It is noted that on the return trip, the Minister will visit India to sign a contract to supply 36 fighter jets Rafale. According to the Agency, India is also interested in the possible purchase of " Mistral ". The head of the French Republic Francois Hollande in early August said that Paris is without question will find buyers for, built on the Russian request, but have not been transferred to Russia 2 helicopter carrier type " Mistral ". Then it was stated that the interest in acquiring helicopter showed Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Canada and Singapore. In the list of potential buyers of "Mistral" also includes China, India and Brazil. 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 ". In April, Vladimir 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. According to French media reports, the costs associated with the work of the Russian experts on the dismantling of equipment destined for the Russian Federation " Mistral ", France will pay. 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 in France has criticized the President of the Fifth Republic for refusing to put Russia "Mistral" alleging pressure from the capital of the USA.