Jun 13, 2014
Russian Sailors To Begin Mistral Training June 22
Russian training ship Smolny, carrying sailors is due to sail on June 18 for Saint-Nazaire, France.
Initial training on the first Russian Mistral, Vladivostock, will consist of familiarization with the ship and its equipment.
The French authorities are due to decide in October whether to hand over the helicopter carrier to Russia. Moscow has insisted on Paris observing the contract for two ships and held out prospects for further business, or pay a hefty compensation if the vessels are withheld.