Russian shipyard may equip exported warships with latest air defense missile/gun systemMilitary & Defense June 29, 17:24
Russian opera star Hvorostovsky cancels Vienna season concertsSociety & Culture June 29, 16:30
Samantha Smith: 10-year-old Goodwill Ambassador that embraced warmth during the Cold WarSociety & Culture June 29, 16:29
Paris sees new opportunities for dialogue on Syria with MoscowWorld June 29, 16:27
All five defendants charged with Nemtsov's murder found guiltyRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 29, 16:12
Putin to receive ex-US Secretary of State Kissinger ThursdayRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 29, 15:51
Russia’s missile early warning system helps ward off any threatMilitary & Defense June 29, 15:19
Jury to deliberate on verdict in Nemtsov murder caseSociety & Culture June 29, 15:08
Foreign customers interested in Russia’s latest icebreaker projectBusiness & Economy June 29, 14:22
“France honours fully its liabilities and the warship will be supplied to Russia after the signing of the acceptance act with Rosoboronexport within a deadline set in the contract,” the source noted.
“We will receive Vladivostok in the near future. The warship is staying in Saint Nazaire with fully prepared crew and is ready to set out in the sea as long as all formalities are finalised,” the Russian representative added.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of Russia's defense industry, on Wednesday announced that the first Mistral helicopter carrier will be handed over to Russia by the French side on November 14. He said that Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport had got an invitation to arrive in Saint-Nazaire on November 14 for the ceremony of handing over the first Vladivostok Mistral-type helicopter carrier. The French side, however, could not confirm his words.
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Thursday the conditions have not yet been met to deliver Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia.
The €1.12 billion contract for building Mistrals for the Russian Navy was concluded in June 2011. The first Mistral-class ship, the Vladivostok, is expected to be delivered by late 2014. The second ship, the Sevastopol, is due to arrive next year.
France suspended the delivery of the first two Mistrals to Russia as part of a package of sanctions the European countries imposed on Moscow for an alleged role the West ascribes to Russia in destabilization of the crisis in eastern Ukraine.