France Refuses to Deliver Mistral Carriers Ordered by Russia

 / Updated  / Source: Reuters
Image: The Mistral-class assault warship Sevastopol
The Sevastopol, the second of two mammoth Mistral helicopter carriers ordered by Russia, sits in the western French port of Saint-Nazaire on Nov. 21.GEORGES GOBET / AFP - Getty Images

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PARIS — French President Francois Hollande delayed indefinitely on Tuesday his decision on whether to deliver the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers ordered by Russia but whose status is in limbo as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. "The president of the republic considers that the situation in the east of Ukraine still does not permit the delivery," a statement from Hollande's office said.

France has been under pressure for months from its Western allies to scrap the 1.2 billion euro ($1.58 billion) contract. Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told RIA news agency on Tuesday that Russia would not pursue claims against France over non-delivery, but expected the contract to be fulfilled.

Image: The Mistral-class assault warship Sevastopol
The Sevastopol, the second of two mammoth Mistral helicopter carriers ordered by Russia, sits in the western French port of Saint-Nazaire on Nov. 21.GEORGES GOBET / AFP - Getty Images

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