MOSCOW, August 6. /TASS/. Russia is not breaking off contacts with France in military and technical cooperation despite the canceled deal for the delivery of Mistral helicopter carriers to the Russian Navy, state-run hi-tech corporation Rostec Deputy CEO for foreign economic activity Dmitry Shugayev said on Thursday.
"We’re open for cooperation but understand that many of our partners stay within the framework of their legislative initiatives but we’re not losing contacts and are not shutting doors and generally do not consider it correct to sever any contacts," Shugayev said.
However, there can be no talk about the active phase of military and technical cooperation with France, the Rostec official said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Francois Hollande on Wednesday achieved agreement on terminating the contract for the delivery of two helicopter carriers of the Mistral class, concluded in the summer of 2011.
As the Kremlin said, the two leaders agreed that Russia would get a compensation for the money paid under the contract, and also on the return of Russian equipment and materials. After that France will be free to use the ships at its sole discretion.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday Moscow considered the problem of Mistrals as fully settled.
Rostec was established in 2007 to assist in the development, production and export of hi-tech civilian and military products. Rostec integrates over 660 companies, including state arms exporter Rosoboronexport.