France suspends delivery of assault warship to Russia

MistralFrance on Wednesday suspended the delivery of the first of two Mistral warships to Russia as “conditions are not in place,” the country’s president Francois Hollande said.

“…Despite the prospect of a cease-fire which has yet to be confirmed and implemented, the conditions for France to deliver the first warship are not to date in place, Hollande announced in a statement released by his office.

Turning deaf ears to U.S. and Britain’s calls to suspend the business accord and to impose tougher sanction on Russia, Hollande, two months ago, announced that the first Mistral warship to Russia will be delivered on October while the handover of a second would “depend on Moscow’s attitude.”

Source: Xinhua

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