SAMARA, Russia, July 21 A senior Russian
official said on Monday he doubted France would cancel its sale
of warships to Russia, despite coming under pressure from other
Western leaders seeking to sanction Moscow after the downing of
a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.
"This is billions of euros ... the French are very
pragmatic. I doubt it (that the deal will be cancelled)," Deputy
Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters. "Suspension of the
deal would be (much) less damaging for Russia than for France."
(Reporting by Daria Korsunskaya; Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel
and Vladimir Soldatkin, editing by Elizabeth Piper)