Russia will demand compensation if France scraps warship sale

MOSCOW, March 20 Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:44am EDT

MOSCOW, March 20 (Reuters) - Moscow will demand compensation if France cancels a deal to sell it Mistral helicopter-carrier ships as punishment for the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, Russian news agencies cited a defence official as saying.

"There is no doubt the Russian side will defend its rights ... and will demand compensation for all losses we might sustain if the Mistral contract is breached," state-run RIA quoted Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov as saying.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday that Paris was considering suspending the 2011 contract for two Mistrals with an option for two more. The contract has created about 1,000 jobs in France.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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Comments (11)
wingding19999 wrote:
So France is willing to put its money where its mouth is. Vive la France!

Mar 21, 2014 9:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bob9999 wrote:
Based on current events, a Russia with two additional warships is not as good a neighbor as a Russia without two additional warships. The potential cost of Russia being a bad neighbor is doubtless greater than the potential cost of having to compensate Russia for breach of contract.

Mar 21, 2014 11:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lkofenglish wrote:
plus you get the benefit of having two beautiful “helicopter carriers” to your fleet “with an option to produce two more.”

At what point do we hit “Operation Ethnic Cleansing” here? The Serbians are already volunteering so we know whey they’re showing up.

Mar 21, 2014 5:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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