After immense pressure from its NATO allies back in September, France delayed a deal with Russia that would have seen the western country provide state-of-the-art Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to the recently belligerent power. Now, the ultimate fate of the deal is up to French President François Hollande.

The 1.2-billion-euro deal would see France deliver two assault ships, the Vladivostok (shown above) and the Sevastopol, to Russia, with the option for two additional ships.

"In early September, the president said that if the political conditions did not change, he could not imagine authorizing a delivery," French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told media at the Euronaval trade show. "He would decide when it was time for delivery. It will be in November."

According to Defense News, Hollande's conditions for the delivery include the continued observance of a cease fire in the Ukraine as well as an agreement between the governments in Kiev and Moscow.

The Vladivostok is already completed and, as of early September, was moored in the French port of Saint-Nazaire, while the Sevastopol remains under construction, also in Saint-Nazaire.


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