Cease-Fire, political deal conditions for Mistral delivery: Hollande

5 September 2014 08:29
(QHA) -

A cease-fire and political settlement in Ukraine are conditions for France to deliver the first of two Mistral-class warships to Russia.

French President Francois Hollande announced this speaking on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales on September 4, adding that the contract to supply the vessels was neither cancelled nor suspended.

France announced on September 3 that Moscow's aggressive actions in eastern Ukraine were the reasons for the decision not to deliver the warship, called the "Vladivostok."

France had come under strong public pressure from the United States and European partners to scrap the 1.2 billion euro ($1.6 billion), signed under former President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2011.