France warship to Russia : Moscow to get first Mistral warship in mid-November

France warship to Russia : Moscow to get first Mistral warship in mid-November

Conditions have not yet been met for France to hand over the Mistral-class warship to Russia. According to the contract, it is due to be delivered on November 14, Paris said.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves le Drian had earlier implied that a decision had yet to be made.

“If the political conditions do not change I can’t imagine the delivery being authorised. The French president will make his decision at the moment of delivery,” he said.

France was under the leadership of Nicolas Sarkozy when the contract was signed in 2011.

Western partners have since put pressure on current President François Hollande to abandon the deal due to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

However reports suggest France will have to pay a multi-million-euro penalty if it pulls out of the contract.