- The Washington Times
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

French President Francois Hollande informed Russia Tuesday that it won’t be receiving two Mistral helicopter carriers that were supposed to be delivered Nov. 14.

Mr. Hollande said in a statement the $1.6 billion deal between France and Russia won’t come to a close “until further notice” due to the ongoing hostilities between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatist rebels.

“We’ll wait patiently. … So far we are not filing a claim anywhere,” said Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov, Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday.

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Earlier this month, a high-ranking official told RIA Novosti there would be “serious claims” made if France did not deliver the military assets before the end of the month, a European news organization reported.

One of the ships, The Vladivostok, can carry 700 troops, 16 helicopter gunships, and up to 50 armored vehicles, according to The Associated Press.

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