Magazine article Arms Control Today

France Delays Arms Delivery Decision

Magazine article Arms Control Today

France Delays Arms Delivery Decision

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The controversial sale of a French amphibious assault ship to Russia remains in limbo after the French government dropped its original deadline for a decision.

On the eve of the NATO summit in early September, French President François Hollande announced he was delaying the scheduled delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carri- ers because of Russian intervention in Ukraine. At that time, Hollande said he had two conditions for approving delivery of the ship-a cease-fire in Ukraine and a political settlement that resolves the country's crisis. He said he would make a decision in "late October."

Germany and the United Kingdom had called on France to cancel the contract, which is worth 1.1 billion euro ($1.4 billion), so as not to bolster Russian military capabilities. Ac- cording to news reports, France may have to pay a substantial penalty if it does not fulfill the contract, which was signed in June 2011. …

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