Paris suspends delivery of warship to Russia over Ukraine

The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia from the STX France shipyard, leaves the harbour for her first trial on March 5, 2014, in Saint-Nazaire, western FranceFrance suspended the delivery of the first of two Mistral-class warships to Russia “until November” after fierce criticism from its allies given the crisis in Ukraine. Paris agreed in 2011 to build and sell the two advanced helicopter assault ships to Russia for a total of 1.2 billion euros ($1.6 billion), with the first scheduled for delivery in October or November and the second in 2015. French leaders had refused to back down on a sale seen as crucial to a country suffering from stagnant growth and record unemployment, despite widespread condemnation due to Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis. “The President of the Republic declared that, despite the prospect of a ceasefire, the conditions for France to deliver the first warship are not to date in place,” Francois Hollande’s office announced Wednesday, on the eve of a major NATO summit in Wales.

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