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Russian deputy PM: Moscow should not sue France over Mistral warships

April 24, 2015, 15:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Under the contract, Russia was expected to receive the first of the two warships, the Vladivostok, in the autumn of 2014

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MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. Russia should not sue France over the failure to deliver the Mistral-class helicopter carriers, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.

"I do not think that such relations as relations between Russia and France should be brought to litigation," Rogozin told reporters speaking on the prospects of Russia’s lawsuit against France.

The €1.12-billion contract to build the Mistral amphibious assault ships for the Russian navy was signed in June 2011. In case it is not implemented, France will have to pay Russia a penalty fee.

The first Mistral, the Vladivostok, was floated in October 2013. It was expected to be handed over to Russia by the French side in the fall of 2014, but the handover did not take place.

The second Mistral, the Sevastopol, was to be delivered to Russia in October 2015, but the deal was suspended too.

France suspended the delivery of Mistrals to Russia as part of a package of sanctions the European countries imposed on Moscow for what they claimed was its alleged role in destabilization of southeast Ukraine.

Russia has constantly dismissed allegations that Moscow could in any way be involved in hostilities in Ukraine’s southeast.

Infographics Mistral helicopter carrier

Mistral helicopter carrier

Russia will purchase Mistral-class helicopter carriers from France. Infographics by TASS

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