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France to float out 2nd Russian Mistral warship in 2014 — defense ministry

September 17, 2014, 14:45 UTC+3 KRASNOARMEISK
Russia and France signed the €1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) contract for two French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers in June 2011
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KRASNOARMEISK (Moscow Region), September 17. /ITAR-TASS/. France will float out the second Mistral-class amphibious assault ships being built for the Russian Navy in 2014, Russian deputy defense minister said on Wednesday.

"The work on the second warship is going as planned. It will be floated out this year," Yury Borisov said.

The French government did not issue any official notifications to Russia on severing an agreement on supplying Mistral-type helicopter carriers Yuri Borisov told reporters.

“They would certainly notify us on the causes and other things if they really wanted to sever the contract,” he said. “But so far there have been no signals from them.”

When asked about a possible place for signing a deed of conveyance of the first ship, Borisov said: “Well, I think the document will be signed where the ship is being built.”

Works under the project for the first Mistral were coming to an end with a small delay but still their pace complied with the programme for the ship’s completion, he said.

He also mentioned the prospects for building the third and fourth ships in France but admitted the absence of any details on the issue.

“It’s important for us to get the first hips now and see the practical benefits from having it,” Borisov said. “Only then it’ll be possible to decide on the third and fourth ships.”

“At this phase, we have a contract for the first two ones and we’ll wait and see then,” he said.

Russia and France signed the €1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) contract for two French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers in June 2011. The first ship, named Vladivostok, was floated out in October 2013. In September 2014, the ship has gone on sea trials with a Russian crew onboard.

French President Francois Hollande suspended the delivery of the two helicopter carriers to Russia in early September because of the events in eastern Ukraine and said that the final delivery on the Mistral contract will be made in late October.

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