Jul 31, 2014
Russia Could Build Mistral-Class Ships on Its Own if France cancels contract
“The French must prove they are serious partners and reliable contractors," Minister said.
Russia and France signed a $1.6 billion deal for two Mistral-class helicopter carriers in June 2011.
Under the contract, the first ship, the Vladivostok, is to be delivered to Russia by the end of the year, while the second, the Sevastopol, is due in 2015.
The United States is pressuring France to renege on the deal in light of Russia’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis.
British Prime Minister also criticized Paris for its plan to sell Mistral ships to Russia and called the deal “unthinkable."
At the same time, Paris said it is still committed to the deal.
The vessels are capable of carrying 16 helicopters, four landing craft, 70 armored vehicles and 450 soldiers each, and are expected to be deployed with Russia’s Pacific Fleet.