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Russia agrees compensation deal with France over Mistral warships

The fate of the two Mistral helicopter carriers has dogged France-Russia ties since Paris halted the deal in November as the West hit Moscow with sanctionsRussia has reached a compensation deal with France for the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, a Kremlin aide has said, but Paris on Friday refused to confirm a final agreement. The fate of the two Mistral helicopter carriers has plagued France-Russia ties for more than a year, following Paris’ decision in November to put the 1.2-billion-euro ($1.3-billion) deal on ice as the West slapped sanctions on Moscow over its annexation of Crimea and alleged backing for separatist rebels in Ukraine. “The negotiations are completely finished, everything has already been decided, both the time-frame and the amount,” President Vladimir Putin’s adviser for military and technical cooperation, Vladimir Kozhin, told state news agency RIA Novosti on Thursday evening.

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