France halting Mistral warship 'not tragedy' : Russia
Russia Wednesday said that France's decision to put the delivery of one of the two Mistral warships to Moscow on hold will not be a tragedy.
"Even though this is unpleasant news of course and it strains relations with our French partners, the termination of the contract will not be a tragedy for us in terms of rearmament," Xinhua quoted Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov as saying.
Russia will act in strict compliance with international law and the existing contract with France, Borisov added.
Earlier in the day, French President Francois Hollande's office, in a statement, said that despite the prospect of a ceasefire (in eastern Ukraine) which still remains to be confirmed and implemented, the conditions for France to deliver the first warship are not to date in place.
The statement came on the eve of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Wales, where leaders will discuss pressing issues concerning situations in eastern Europe, the Middle East and north Africa.
Moscow and Paris signed a $1.6 billion contract in 2011, under which France would deliver the first Mistral-class helicopter assault warship to Moscow in October this year, and the second one in 2015.
In June, Hollande said the first warship was almost finished and should be delivered as planned, while the United States argued that the delivery would be "completely inappropriate" due to Moscow's military involvement into the Ukraine crisis.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who put forth a seven-point plan Wednesday aimed at settling the ongoing Ukraine crisis, said earlier that Moscow would not further develop military-technical relations with Paris should the latter fails to fulfill the contract.
(Posted on 04-09-2014)
Information on States of India:
Andaman Nicobar | Andhra Pradesh | Assam | Bihar | Chandigarh | Chhattisgarh | Dadar Nagar Haveli | Daman Diu | Delhi | Goa | Gujarat | Haryana | Himachal Pradesh | Jammu Kashmir | Jharkhand | Karnataka | Kerala | Lakshadweep | Madhya Pradesh | Maharashtra | Manipur | Meghalaya | Mizoram | Nagaland | Orissa | Pondicherry | Punjab | Rajasthan | Sikkim | Tamil Nadu | Tripura | Uttar Pradesh | Uttaranchal | West Bengal
INDIA REGIONAL MAPS:
Andhra Pradesh Travel Map | Bihar Travel Map | Goa Travel Map | Gujarat Travel Map | Haryana Travel Map | Himachal Pradesh Map | Karnataka Travel Map | Kerala Travel Map | Maharashtra Travel Map | Punjab Travel Map | Rajasthan Travel Map | Sikkim Travel Map | Tamil Nadu Travel Map | Uttar Pradesh Travel Map | West Bengal Travel Map |
MORE MAPS OF INDIA:
INDIA CITY MAPS:
KERALA TRAVEL MAPS: