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Both delivery of Mistral warships or compensation suits Russia — presidential aide

December 08, 2014, 14:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW MOSCOW December, 8. /TASS
During the talks on Saturday Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande did not discuss the topic of Mistral ships delivery
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MOSCOW, December 8. /TASS/. Any decision on the French helicopter carriers - delivery or compensation - will suit Russia, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Monday.

During the talks on Saturday, Russian and French presidents Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande did not discuss the topic. Hollande did not raise it, and the Russian side did not even make an attempt to raise it, Ushakov said.

“The Russian president noted the situation was taken calmly. Both - the warships or money will suit us,” the aide said.

After the meeting with his French counterpart on Saturday, the Russian president said he did not raise the Mistral delivery issue during the talks with Hollande.

Putin told reporters that Russia hopes the contract will be carried out or France will return the money. “We did not talk about Mistrals, even did not mention them,” he said, adding there is a contract, a legal document, and Russia hopes it will be fulfilled.

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Russia will purchase Mistral-class helicopter carriers from France. Infographics by TASS
The French president said the delivery of Mistrals is connected with the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements.

The Russian-French contract to build helicopter carriers for Russia’s Navy was signed in June 2011. The first Mistral-class warship named Vladivostok was launched in October 2013. In September 2014, despite the unsettled delivery problem, the warship with Russian crew aboard left for sea to be tested. The second helicopter carrier named Sevastopol is planned to be ready next year.

The cost of the contract amounts to €1.12 billion.

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