France suspends Mistral warship delivery to Russia

4 September 2014 07:49
(QHA) -

France suspended the delivery of the first of two Mistral-class warships to Russia because of Moscow's aggressive actions in eastern Ukraine. 

Hollande's office said in a statement on September 3 that the "conditions" were not in place to deliver the warship, a controversial deal that has led to criticism from many of Paris's Western allies.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov was quoted as saying the French decision "is unpleasant" but "not a tragedy" for Russia’s "rearmament" and reform plans.

The U.S. State Department said France had made a "wise" decision.

The first warship was to have been delivered to Russia in October.

French officials said the issue would be reviewed in November.