Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
Astronauts to make quickest trip ever to ISS in DecemberScience & Space September 22, 16:27
MOSCOW, September 23. /TASS/. France's decision to sell two helicopter carriers of the Mistral class to Egypt do not run counter to agreements with Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.
"If you recall our reports that the Mistral issue in bilateral relations of France and Russia has been exhausted, you will remember the condition that France will take into account Russia's interests when handing the Mistral ships over to the third party," Peskov replied when asked whether the deal had been agreed with Russia.
At the same time, the presidential spokesman said that it was not coming to terms on the sale but rather the due accounting of Russia's interests that were in focus.
"If [the Mistral helicopter carriers] are being handed over, then Russian interests have been taken into account. And we say that such an understanding has been reached," he said.
Earlier in the day, reports were coming from Elyssee Palace that Egypt would buy both Mistral class helicopter carriers that were built by France originally for Russia.
"French President Francois Hollande held telephone talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today. They agreed on the principle and the terms of the acquisition by Egypt of the two ships," French president’s spokesman told reporters.