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He said the Russian ship would be better than the Mistral because it would be ice-strengthened and would be capable of operations in Arctic seas.
“I don’t think the renunciation (of supplies of the Mistrals) is highly beneficial for the French President and will cause a big crisis at the shipyard that is building these ships,” Rogozin said. “Also, the French will have to pay a penalty as all these things are mentioned in the contract.
By handing over an aircraft carrier to India last year “we demonstrated the ability to build such ships, all the more so that now we have shipyards with dry docks in Crimea and they presuppose ability to build ships of this class, he said.