Sooner or later France will have to man up and either send the paid for Mistral ships to Russia (highly unlikely given the US control of French policy) or refund the money already paid by Russia, plus damages for breaking the contract.
France will then have to figure out how to salvage its military industrial complex, given no country in their right mind will buy any piece of military hardware made in France…a vassal state that breaks contracts on a whim because they displease their American boss.
Sputnik News Agency reports…
Moscow has sent Paris an official inquiry for an explanation of why a Mistral helicopter carrier was not delivered to Russia according to an earlier signed agreement, a high-ranking official from the Russian Defense Ministry’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) said Tuesday.
“The FSMTC has sent an inquiry to the DGA [Direction Generale de l’Armement] in order to receive an official response to the issue,” the official told RIA Novosti.
The official said that Russia could not accept oral explanations from individual French politicians of why the warship was not delivered on time, even if that politician is the country’s president.
“In order to take further actions, turning to the court or giving France more time [to comply], Russia needs to have a written explanation of the situation,” the official said.
According to the terms of the $1.5-billion contract signed in June 2011, the Russian Navy was due to receive the first of the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers, the Vladivostok, from Paris by November 14. However, French President Francois Hollande put the transfer on hold, citing Russia’s alleged role in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that France would deliver the Mistral ships to Russia when a respected ceasefire and a political road map for the permanent settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine were achieved.
Here is the logic:
France will deliver the Mistral warships if two conditions are met:
- The Ukraine military is simply allowed to ethnically cleanse East Ukrainian citizens and…
- If Crimean citizens are forced to be ruled by an illegal Kiev government, which will most likely ethnically cleanse them as well, so as to make room for NATO troops and military bases in Sevastopol.
Yeah those sound like reasonable conditions that Russia should just accept.