France fuels hope in the future to sell fresh ships to Russia, despite the cancellation of the contract for helicopter carrier type " Mistral ", said the French leader Francois Hollande.
"Everything went well with Russia, which agreed to cancel the contract. And I even think that we will be cooperating on new ships ", – the expression quoted Hollande Associated Press.
"I had to sell them ( "Mistral" – approx. OPINION) the country to which they need to ensure their own safety And who would not have to threaten anyone ", – he added. Hollande said about it in Saint-Nazaire in the East of France, where based " Mistral ". The head of France came to Board one of the vessels, which was originally named " Vladivostok ". The inscription on the case was erased And painted over with gray paint. Paris And Cairo on the first day of the weekend signed a contract for the purchase by Egypt of 2 first destined for the Russian Federation helicopter type " Mistral ". At the end of September it was announced 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 ". It was stated that the amount of the contract will amount to 950 million euros. It is planned that one of the "Mistral" will be on duty in the Red sea, and another will take the position in the Mediterranean. Prior to this, the Minister of industry and trade D. Manturov said that because of the cheapening of the ruble, Russia received after cancellation of the contract on the "Mistral" two times more than I paid. On 6 August the President of Russia Vladimir Putin And the head of the French Republic Francois Hollande agreed to stop the contract for the construction And supply of 2 amphibious assault ships of the " Mistral ". Last year in 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 United States.