French President Hollande to decide on Russia warship deal in November
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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