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  • France suspends delivery of warship to Russia over situation in Ukraine

    11/25/2014 6:26:44 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    PARIS – France suspended the planned delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of growing speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin. ·
  • Moscow gives France warship delivery deadline

    11/15/2014 1:00:16 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | 14 Nov 2014 08:59 GMT+01:00 | AFP
    UPDATED: Russia on Friday warned France of "serious" consequences unless Paris delivers a Mistral-class assault warship, whose handover has been delayed by concerns over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, by the end of this month, a report said. "We are preparing for different scenarios. We are waiting until the end of the month, then we will lodge serious claims," the state news agency RIA Novosti quoted an anonymous high-ranking Moscow source as saying. The first of two mammoth Mistral helicopter carriers was supposed to be delivered on Friday according to the original deal signed in 2011 and worth €1.2...
  • France faces dilemma as warship deadline nears

    11/07/2014 3:53:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AFP/The Local ^ | 07 Nov 2014
    France insisted on Thursday that conditions "have not been met" to allow for the controversial delivery of a warship to Russia, but with the deadline approaching, Paris finds itself in a real predicament - lose billions or risk NATO's wrath? As a deadline for the controversial delivery of a warship to Russia nears, France faces a gruelling dilemma: ditch the deal, lose billions and antagonise Moscow - or go ahead and attract NATO's wrath. Until the deadly crisis in Ukraine erupted this year, the €1.2 billion ($1.5-billion) contract to build and sell two mammoth Mistral-class assault ships to the Russian...
  • Canada emerges as potential buyer of French-built Mistral-class warships

    11/06/2014 3:48:41 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Postmedia News ^ | November 6, 2014 | David Pugliese
    The Canadian military has emerged as a potential destination for the controversial French-built Mistral-class helicopter carrier ships, built for Russia, the International Business Times is reporting. The possibility of a Canadian solution appeared in French media after French President François Hollande visited Canada this week, the newspaper reported. This type of suggestion has surfaced before. Former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal suggested that Canada or NATO should buy the Mistral-class military assault ships rather than allow them to be added to the Russia naval fleet. The deal is worth $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion (different figures are out there) to the...
  • France says conditions still not met to deliver warship to Russia

    10/30/2014 12:49:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:24am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - France said on Thursday that the conditions were not yet met to deliver the first of two controversial Mistral warships to Russia, contradicting reports that Russia had received an invitation to take delivery on Nov. 14.
  • Monster Machines: France's New Ship-Defence Turret Is A Remote-Controlled Missile Launcher

    10/29/2014 8:12:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Gizmodo Australia ^ | October 28, 2014 | ANDREW TARANTOLA
    The US Navy’s SeaRAM is far from the only ship-based missile defence turret sailing the high seas. French weapons manufacturer MBDA, in fact, has just begun testing a remotely controlled missile launcher of its own. One that finally moves the turret’s operator out of the line of fire. The original MBDA SIMBAD twin-missile launcher was originally developed in the 1990s as a stabilised, deck-mounted launcher for the company’s Mistral short-range, anti-air missiles. It performed the same basic role as the SeaRAM, a last line of defence against incoming air threats, but it was operated directly by a sailor using an...
  • Mistral deal dispute can have negative impact on France’s military export — French expert

    10/06/2014 8:34:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | October 06, 2014
    Situation with the Russia-France Mistral deal can have negative influence on France's plans to deliver Rafale fighter jets to India © EPA/Marcus Brandt PARIS, October 6. /TASS/. The situation with the contract on two Mistral helicopter carriers can have a negative impact on France’s military export if the Mistral supplies to Russia are cancelled, editor-in-chief of the French military magazine Defense et Securite Internationale Joseph Henrotin said on Monday. Information saying the implementation of the contract can be suspended arouses serious concern by those who follows India’s position in the sphere of weaponry on France because the contract on the...
  • Russia preparing legal action over French Mistral halt

    10/01/2014 2:05:48 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 5 replies
    Janes DEfense Weekly ^ | 9/30/2014 | Nikolai Novichkov
    Russia is preparing legal action against France over the country's halt in the delivery of the Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) Vladivostok , Russian sources have told IHS Jane's . "We hope that despite the repeated statements of the French party concerning the possible refusal to hand over in late October through early November Vladivostok , the first of the ordered ships, it will eventually be delivered to Kronstadt where it will get a superstructure and onboard weapons. Anyway, the Rosoboronexport lawyers have received orders to start preparing all possible claims against DCNS as a contractor," a source involved in...
  • Opinion: A Mistral For Canada

    09/24/2014 7:08:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jim Dorschner
    The September decision by France to withhold delivery of two Mistral-class Landing Platforms Helicopter (LPH) building for Russia is an opportunity for NATO, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and for the French shipbuilding industry and economy. France should not suffer economically for taking a stand against Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine. Rather, NATO, France and Canada can benefit if a little mutually beneficial creativity is applied. While France desperately wants to complete the two amphibious warships — and get paid for them — NATO and Canada need the capabilities these ships can provide. For Canada, an LPH would help buttress logistic...
  • France puts Mistral warship delivery to Russia on hold

    09/03/2014 9:21:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    AP, AFP, Reuters ^ | 03.09.2014
    The French government has announced that planned deliveries of two Mistral warships to Russia have been placed on hold. The first delivery was scheduled for October. After a meeting of the French defense committee on Wednesday, Paris announced that the deliveries would not yet take place given the current unrest in eastern Ukraine. "The President of the Republic declared that, despite the prospect of a ceasefire which still remains to be confirmed and implemented, the conditions for France to deliver the first warship are not to date in place," a statement from the office of French President Francois Hollande read.
  • Defying allies, France to deliver first warship to Russia

    07/22/2014 7:22:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Jul 2014 | Yann Le Guernigou and Guillaume Frouin
    * Hollande confirms first warship delivery, questions second * Both domestic backers and opposition applaud move * But Russian sailors get lukewarm welcome in port town PARIS/ST NAZAIRE, July 22 (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande won broad domestic applause on Tuesday for defying allies Britain and the United States by confirming plans to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia, with one backer dismissing their objections as hypocritical. Speaking on the eve of an EU meeting to discuss sanctions on Moscow over the downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, Hollande said late on Monday that a first Mistral warship would...
  • Lawmakers suggest NATO, not Russia, buy French warships

    05/29/2014 10:41:34 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 23 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | May 29, 2014 | Patricia Zengerle
    Lawmakers urged France on Thursday to cancel the sale of two advanced helicopter carrier ships to Russia and suggested that NATO buy or lease them instead. "The purchase would send a strong signal to (Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin that the NATO allies will not tolerate or in any way enable his reckless moves," they said in a letter to NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen obtained by Reuters. France has said it would press ahead with the deal because cancelling would do more damage to Paris than to Moscow. The contract, worth $1.66 billion, has created about 1,000 jobs and includes...
  • Merkel and Hollande Urge Kiev to Start Dialog with Ukraine's Regions Before [May 25th] Elections

    05/13/2014 7:35:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 33 replies
    NSNBC International ^ | 5/10/2014 | Christoff Lehmann
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande urged authorities in Kiev to begin a national dialogue with the rebellious regions in southeastern Ukraine before the presidential elections scheduled for May 25th. The development reveals a growing rift between the US/UK "Atlantic Axis"...
  • Despite pressure, France won't cancel warship deal with Russia

    05/12/2014 11:17:45 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/12/2014 | John Irish and Elizabeth Pineau
    PARIS/BAKU (Reuters) - France will press ahead with a 1.2 billion-euro ($1.66 billion) contract to sell Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia because cancelling the deal would do more damage to Paris than to Moscow, French diplomatic sources said on Monday. France's move illustrates the limitations of European Union sanctions meant to punish Russia for its annexation of Crimea and dissuade Moscow from intervening in east Ukraine. The United States has been pressing France, Germany and Britain to take a tougher line against Russia. For France, this would mean at least delaying the Mistral contract. For Britain, closing its mansions and...
  • White House sidesteps question about French-Russian warship deal

    05/12/2014 7:58:58 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-12-2014 | Susan Crabtree
    White House spokesman Jay Carney avoided responding directly to a question about France's decision to honor its $1.66 billion contract with Russia for Mistral helicopter carriers and reject pressure from the U.S. and other European leaders to punish Moscow by canceling the deal. Carney on Monday said he didn't have “a specific reaction” to the news of France's decision and continued to emphasize U.S. efforts to work with European partners on a coordinated approach to “escalating the costs to Russia for its approach to the challenges in Ukraine.” SNIP---- In making its decision to follow through with the 2011 deal...
  • Mistral manufacturers in France hint that anti-Russian sanctions undesirable (Could Bankrupt NCNS)

    03/20/2014 9:39:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    The western countries' sanctions against Russia that the EU and US officials are currently discussing as part of retaliation for Crimea' accession to Russia may threaten the interests of European business companies. Officials of the French companies DCNS and STX have already voiced concern about the likely collapse of the deal to deliver Mistral-class helicopter-carriers to the Russian Federation. Paris may give up the contract for building Mistral-class amphibious assault ships for Russia as part of the western countries' economic sanctions against the Russian Federation, a move that may lay off 600 workers, engaged in the project. Le Figaro also...
  • France Floats Out First Russian Mistral Warship

    10/16/2013 8:21:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 15/10/2013
    SAINT-NAZAIRE (France), October 15 (RIA Novosti) – A French shipyard floated out Tuesday the first of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships being built for the Russian Navy. The ship, named Vladivostok, being built at the DCNS shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, is expected to start sea trials in March next year. “The ship will be handed over unarmed, but equipped with French-made landing equipment,” DCNS program manager Yves Destefanis said at the launch ceremony. It will be fitted with Russian-made weapons systems later, he added. The vessel will receive its additional Russian systems at the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg, and...
  • Russian Shipbuilders Oppose Domestic Mistral Construction

    03/29/2013 9:32:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Ria Novosti ^ | 03/29/2013
    Russian Shipbuilders Oppose Domestic Mistral Construction LANGKAWI (Malaysia), March 29 (RIA Novosti) – Russia should not build a second pair of French-designed Mistral-class amphibious assault ships, as Russian shipbuilders are capable of designing and building their own vessels of this type, a senior defense industry official said on Friday. “The United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) will welcome the decision to limit the construction of Mistral-class ships to two [in France], because it is not a political issue anymore but rather an issue of the future development of domestic [shipbuilding] enterprises,” USC vice president Igor Zakharov said at the LIMA-2013 arms show...
  • French Warship for Russia 'Won't Work in Cold' - Minister

    01/26/2013 8:29:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 26/01/2013
    French Warship for Russia 'Won't Work in Cold' - Minister MOSCOW, January 26 (RIA Novosti) - Two amphibious assault ships bought for the Russian Navy from France in a 1.2 billion euro deal will not be able to operate in temperatures below seven degrees centigrade, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin admitted on Saturday, in critical comments about the contract. "It's very odd that ships for offloading a landing force, floating in our latitudes won't work in temperatures below seven degrees," said Rogozin, who has special responsibilities for the defense industry, in a meeting of the Academy of Military Science...
  • DCNS continues BPC (Mistral LHD) design modifications for Russian Navy

    07/22/2012 10:01:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Tuesday, 17 July 2012
    DCNS continues BPC (Mistral LHD) design modifications for Russian Navy DCNS is supplying two BPC-type projection and command vessels to Russia under a contract that came into effect at the end of 2011. Three of these vessels are already in service with the French Navy. The design modifications needed to adapt the BPC concept to Russia's specific requirements are progressing as planned. The design modifications are being conducted in two phases. The first phase ended in April 2012 with the successful completion of the Preliminary Design Review. Detailed design studies were launched immediately afterwards, and this second phase is scheduled...
  • Russia to sign deal for 2 more French warships by yearend

    09/07/2011 9:11:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 07/09/2011
    Russia to sign deal for 2 more French warships by yearend Mistral-class amphibious assault ship © AFP/ Eric Feferberg 17:24 07/09/2011 Russia will sign a contract with France for the third and fourth Mistral-class amphibious assault ships before the end of this year, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Wednesday. "I believe we should complete the negotiating process and have these contracts signed before the end of the year," he said. The two new warships will be built in Russia, he added. Russia is also buying related technology and has two crews being trained in France, the minister said....
  • Navy to Operate Mistral Missiles for First Time (South Korea)

    08/31/2011 6:10:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy to Operate Mistral Missiles for First Time (Source: Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense; dated Aug. 23, 2011) The South Korean Navy is planning to load man-portable Surface to Air Missiles (SAM), so-called Mistral, to all patrol boats in operation in due order to use them in antiaircraft and antiship defense purpose. “The Navy will load Mistrals onto patrol boats that are deployed in the Yellow Sea [near the Northern Limit Line] starting the end of this month,” said an official under the Naval Operations Command. “Eventually, all patrol boats will be equipped with such weapon and we...
  • U.S. congresswoman says Russian-French Mistral deal threatens U.S. security

    06/23/2011 7:43:07 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 4 replies
    RIANovosti ^ | June 18, 2011 | Danichev Aleksey
    A purchase of French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ships by Russia poses a threat to U.S. security and is aimed against Washington's allies, the chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee has said. "It is deeply troubling that France, a NATO ally, has decided to ignore the clear danger of selling advanced warships to Russia even as Moscow is taking an increasingly hostile approach toward the U.S., its neighbors, and Europe itself," Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. The deal has alarmed Russia's neighbors, especially Georgia, whose relations with Russia remain very tense since the August 2008...
  • Russian shipbuilders, military in conflict over Mistral deal

    02/07/2011 7:58:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Ria Novosti ^ | 08/02/2011
    Russian shipbuilders, military in conflict over Mistral deal 06:40 08/02/2011MOSCOW, February 8 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) has been taken out of the contractual talks with France on the purchase of Mistral class amphibious assault ships, a Russian business daily said Tuesday. The Kommersant newspaper cited anonymous defense industry sources as saying state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport will represent Russia in direct talks with France's DCNS from now on. Kommersant speculates that the removal of the USC from the talks could be the result of the company's aspirations to acquire a status of an "independent dealer" on the...
  • Russia, France sign warship agreement (Update 3)

    01/25/2011 7:55:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 25/01/2011
    Russia, France sign warship agreement (Update 3) Mistral-class helicopter carrier © RIA Novosti. Aleksei Danichev Moscow and Paris on Tuesday signed an agreement to jointly build Mistral-class helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy. The agreement was signed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and French Defense Minister Allain Juppe in the presence of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. In all, four warships are to be built, Sechin said. Russia's input to the construction of the first Mistral-class warship will be 20% and 40% in the second, he said. The third and fourth ships are to be built in Russia, whose...
  • France wins tender to build warships for Russia

    12/24/2010 9:23:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 24/12/2010
    France wins tender to build warships for Russia (Update 1) Topic: Russia's purchase of French Mistral-class warship Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy over the phone that France has won a tender to build amphibious assault ships for Russia. The winner is a consortium comprised of French DCNS and Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), the Kremlin press service said. At the initial stage, two Mistral-class helicopter carriers will be built jointly by France and Russia with another two to be constructed later in Russia. Russia will perform 20% of the construction work at the STX shipyard...
  • Russia's defense ministry confirms plans to buy 2 foreign helicopter carriers

    11/01/2010 9:00:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 1+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 11/1/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia's Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on Sunday confirmed the ministry's plans to buy two foreign helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy and eventually produce vessels of this class on Russian soil. "We are speaking about the purchase of two helicopter carriers. Moreover, we are going to buy them with full technical documentation so that eventually we can produce them at our enterprises," Serdyukov said in an interview with Vesti Nedeli TV program. In early October, Russia's Defense Ministry announced an international tender for the construction of two amphibious assault ships for the Russian Navy. Previously, Russia held negotiations with France's...
  • France to deliver Mistrals with transfer of technology

    10/26/2010 1:50:40 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 8/26/2010 | Voice of Russia
    France is ready to supply its helicopter carrier ships to Russia without any restrictions in the transfer of technology. This came in a statement by Director of the French naval defense company DCNS Pierre Legros at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris. Earlier, media reports said that the Mistrals would have no built-in domestic navigation technologies. Moscow intends to purchase at least four ships of that class. Meanwhile, the Russian helicopter carrier tender may involve an Italian company, Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine Moscow Defense Brief, Mikhail Barabanov said, referring to the amphibious assault ship presented by Italian ship builder Fincantieri....
  • Russians Admit Their Stuff Sucks

    10/07/2010 10:24:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    The Stratregy Page ^ | 10/7/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The recent Russian decision to buy four Mistral amphibious assault ships from France is just the beginning. According to the Russian Defense Minister, Russia will seek more Western weapons and military equipment. Russia is planning to spend over $600 billion in the next decade to replace aging Cold War gear. The Defense Ministry insists that the Mistral deal is but the first of many. Russia already has a deal with Israel, to build a factory in Russia to build Israeli UAVs under license. This arrangement may be aborted because the Israelis apparently expect Russia to stop selling advanced weapons to...
  • Putin says Russia will buy Mistral only with technology transfer

    06/10/2010 8:47:02 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 382+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 6/09/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia is interested in purchasing Mistral class amphibious assault ships from France only together with the accompanying technology, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on the eve of a visit to France. Russia is negotiating the purchase of at least one French-built Mistral-class amphibious assault ship and plans to build three more vessels of the same class in partnership with the French naval shipbuilder DCNS. "For us, this deal is interesting only if it is accomplished with a parallel transfer of technology, so that our shipbuilders - both civilian and military - receive a new technological boost for development," Putin said...
  • Russian Navy on course to buy Mistral ships

    05/24/2010 10:22:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 542+ views
    Rt.com ^ | 5/24/2010 | RT.com
    Closing in for the kill, Russia is said to be in final talks to buy a flotilla of four French helicopter-carriers - a deal massive both in terms of the vessels' size and their price tag. "At the moment we are in pre-contract talks on the warships with three states: Spain, the Netherlands and France. We plan to sign a contract for four of these ships," said Russia's Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov. Serdyukov said Russia would like at least three of the vessels to be built with the help of Russian shipbuilders, including one at a Russian shipyard. Talks to...
  • French warships for Russia may be armed with Ka-52 helicopters

    05/12/2010 8:39:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 586+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 5/12/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russian Ka-52 Alligator helicopters may be the best choice to arm Mistral helicopter carriers, which Russia plans to purchase from France, the chief of Russian helicopter holding said on Wednesday. Russia negotiates the purchase of at least one Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, worth 400-500 million euros (around $530-$660 million) and plans to build three more vessels of the same class in partnership with a French naval shipbuilder. The director of the Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation in April told RIA Novosti the political decision on the Mistral's purchase had already been taken. "The French have said the Ka-52 could be...
  • Russia will only buy fully-equipped Mistral from France

    03/27/2010 7:06:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 526+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 3/26/2010 | Defense Talk
    The chief of the Russian General Staff said Thursday that Russia would only buy a fully-equipped Mistral-class amphibious assault ship from France. Russia is negotiating the purchase of a Mistral-class ship from France, worth 400-500 million euros (around $540-$675 million). Russia could also use French technology later to build another three such vessels in Russia in partnership with the French naval shipbuilder DCNS. "Russia's leadership and Defense Ministry have a clear position on the issue. Should a final decision be made on Mistral, we will purchase this ship only if it is fully equipped - with all control and navigation...
  • Obama Is Bungling Russia

    03/11/2010 11:11:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 759+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 12, 2010 | Kim Zigfeld
    The tsunami of political devastation known as Barack Obama continues to wreak havoc abroad, both for American interests specifically and the cause of freedom and democracy generally (the two are often, happily, one and the same). The disastrous consequences are most clearly visible in the case of Vladimir Putin's Russia. First Obama visited Russia and displayed craven weakness before his KGB counterparts in the Kremlin. He barely even paid lip service to American values, crushing the spirits of Russia's democracy movement leaders, and his unilateral reversal of the Bush missile defense plan for Eastern Europe led only to more posturing...
  • France's Russia warship plan raises Baltic hackles

    03/04/2010 11:58:42 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 352+ views
    EU Business/AFP ^ | 03/02/2010 | EU Business/AFP
    France's plan to sell Moscow four warships has triggered anger in former Soviet republics now firmly anchored in the European Union and NATO, fearful their new western allies underestimate the Kremlin. In interviews with AFP, top officials in the Baltic states questioned France's willingness to go ahead with what would be an unprecedented transfer of advanced military technology by a NATO member to Russia. They insisted that, while they too want better ties with their Soviet-era master, Paris's stance is wrong-headed and sends the wrong signal to a Moscow government already all-too keen to assert itself in its region. France...
  • French Warship Sale to Russia: Another Symptom of NATO Erosion?

    03/03/2010 11:52:49 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 296+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | 2/26/2010 | Vladimir Socor
    serving President Nicolas Sarkozy as his State Secretary for European Affairs, Lellouche follows Sarkozy’s line in defending the French Mistral warship sale to Russia, regardless of its corrosive effects on NATO. Visiting the Baltic States –where serious concerns have been voiced over the possible Mistral sale to Russia– Lellouche insinuated that other NATO countries might sell their warships to Russia, if France does not do so. Claiming that the warship sale would merely “turn the page on the Cold War,” Lellouche invited the Baltic States to follow the Franco-German example and seek reconciliation with Russia, overcoming a difficult history (BNS,...
  • France defends talks on sale of warships to Russia

    03/01/2010 7:58:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 521+ views
    Times Online ^ | 3/1/2010 | Charles Bremner
    The scene is set for conflict between France and its Nato allies when President Medvedev of Russia arrives in Paris today intent on ordering up to four powerful warships from French shipbuilders. Washington and the former Soviet bloc members of Nato are alarmed by President Sarkozy’s willingness to sell a 600ft Mistral Class amphibious assault ship, and possibly three more, to the Russian Navy. Georgia, which was subjected to a Russian invasion in 2008, is leading the charge to stop Moscow acquiring Mistrals, which sell for about £400 million each. Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky, the chief of the Russian Navy, has...
  • Moscow yet to clinch deal on French warship

    02/27/2010 4:35:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 299+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 2/27/2010 | Brahmand.com
    Moscow is still continuing talks with Paris on the purchase of a Mistral-class warship. The French government has approved the sale but Russia has not yet made a final decision. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit France on March 1-3 but the deal will not be signed during the visit, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday. Russia plans to buy one Mistral-class amphibious assault ships, worth 400-500 million euros (around $540-$675 million), and subsequently use their know-how to build three or four vessels of the same class in partnership with the French naval shipbuilder DCNS. "We would...
  • France's valentine to Russia

    02/15/2010 5:54:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 304+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/15/2010 | Editorial
    ON ONE LEVEL, maybe it's not surprising that France would sell an ultramodern helicopter carrier to Russia's navy, even as Russia continues to occupy illegally a sovereign nation that enjoys, at least in theory, good relations with France. After all, times are tough. Three-quarters of a billion dollars is three-quarters of a billion dollars. And France has never hidden its inclination to submerge principle when it comes to maintaining a profitable commercial relationship with the nation that supplies so much of Europe's oil and gas. Still, we do find it surprising -- maybe because we remember French President Nicolas Sarkozy's...
  • French warship to Russia: Risky precedent or a cruise ship painted gray?

    02/12/2010 2:54:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies · 477+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 11, 2010 | Robert Marquand
    French warship to Russia: Risky precedent or a cruise ship painted gray? The US and other NATO allies worry that the French sale of a $750 million Mistral warship to Russia will set an arms-trading precedent. But analysts say the ship does not yet represent the transfer of cutting-edge technology to Russia By Robert Marquand Staff writer / February 11, 2010 Paris The sale in principle of a French assault ship to the Russian navy brought a stir this week – as the first military deal by a NATO member to Moscow, one that helps Russia’s ailing fleet, and one...
  • France defends decision to sell Russia warship

    02/09/2010 3:05:12 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 464+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/09/2010 | Reuters
    France defended on Monday its decision to sell an advanced warship to Russia, shrugging off concerns that the helicopter carrier could threaten Georgia and arguing that Moscow had to be treated with respect. Russia asked to buy the 21,300-tonne, Mistral class warship to modernise hardware that was exposed as outdated during its five-day war against Georgia in 2008. After months of debate, France finally announced on Monday it would sell the vessel to Russia for an undisclosed sum. President Nicolas Sarkozy defended the decision during a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who was paying a flying visit to...
  • Report: Russia to buy navy ship from France

    10/31/2009 8:46:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 704+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/31/09 | AP
    MOSCOW – Moscow plans to buy a French amphibious assault ship, the first such purchase from a NATO country, as the Kremlin seeks to reaffirm Russia's global reach, a Russian news agency reported Saturday. The Defense Ministry also plans to license the production of four more ships of the Mistral class in Russia under the guidance of French engineers, Navy Admiral Oleg Burtsev was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying. A Mistral ship is capable of carrying more than a dozen helicopters along with dozens of tanks and other armored vehicles and is fit for missions intended to project Russian...