Aug 5, 2014
European Union may buy Mistral Class French warships built for Russia
The possibility comes as the United States and Western Europe tighten economic sanctions against Russia, and Monday's denial of a German defense contractor's delivery of military components to Russia by the German government.
The first of two Mistral-class ships purchased by Russia is nearing completion.
It is an option gaining traction in Paris, after Russia's involvement in Crimea and Ukraine, as well as the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. British Prime Minister David Cameron called it "unthinkable" his country could sell warships to Russia.
The French government has sought a way out of the contract without harming its shipbuilding industry. The German Navy proposed the EU purchase the ships