Published on Sep 4, 2014
France has suspended delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carrier ships to Russia, due to events in eastern Ukraine. Two ships were commissioned by Russia in 2011 at a cost of $1.6 billion. 'The Vladivostok', was due to come into service this year, 'the Sevastopol', due to be completed in 2015. FULL STORY: http://on.rt.com/x2k4whttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LqOPVD7SPw
France’s suspension does not fall under the sectoral sanctions the EU and the US imposed upon Russia for purported meddling in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, introduced last month. That raft of sanctions did not cover deals signed before their imposition.
But it could be covered under new sanctions sanctions the EU is expected to introduce this week, which may earn France a temporary reprieve from compensation under the terms of the contract.
While Moscow officials earlier admitted that in terms of efficiency and versatility the cutting-edge Mistral has no equivalent in the Russian Navy, the deal was always considered controversial, as France was a Cold War adversary, and is a founding member of NATO.
Indeed, there had been speculation of NATO taking over the Mistral order from Russia, following a proposal from a group of US congressmen back in May. Earlier this week, the Alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen did not rule out the possibility, but said that it “remains a national decision, not for NATO to interfere.” In the aftermath of the announcement from Hollande, NATO maintained that it wasn't forcing France to suspend the sale.Previously US President Barack Obama said France should “press the pause button” on the deal, while fighting in Ukraine is in progress.
Previously, French officials resisted, citing concerns over reputational damage, and saying that the financial penalties might hurt Paris more than Moscow.
Even if France does now decide to sell the ships to someone else, it will have to refit them, as every aspect, from the helicopter pads to hull alloys is custom-made to Russian specifications.http://rt.com/news/184848-france-mistral-delivery-russia/
Obamanomics meet reality
and reality is a bitch
I guess all em secrets the US has been gathering are beginning to pay off