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Poland: EU and NATO pressure France into giving up on Mistral delivery to Russia

November 18, 2014, 20:16 UTC+3

According to the Minister of National Defense Tomasz Siemoniak, this issue was widely discussed on the sidelines of the talks in Brussels

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BRUSSELS, November 18. /TASS/. The European Union and NATO members are trying to persuade France to stop the delivery of Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and the head of Defense Department Tomasz Siemoniak said Tuesday. He was at the scheduled meeting of the EU defense ministers.

He said the issue was discussed on the sidelines of the talks in Brussels. “The pressure on France is strong. I am confident that France will make a wise and responsible decision, knowing that it is a NATO member.”

He added that Poland is against France's selling high-technology military equipment to Russia.

In his opinion, France is already close to a decision on Mistral delivery to Russia.

Infographics Mistral helicopter carrier

Mistral helicopter carrier

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

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