Russia will build an aircraft carrier on its own if France annuls the supplies of Mistral helicopter carriers, Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced Wednesday, answering a question from Itar-Tass.
He said the Russian ship would be better than the Mistral because it would be ice-strengthened and would be capable of operations in Arctic seas.
"I don't think the renunciation (of supplies of the Mistrals) is highly beneficial for the French President and will cause a big crisis at the shipyard that is building these ships," Rogozin said. "Also, the French will have to pay a penalty as all these things are mentioned in the contract.
To recall, France has come under intense pressure from allies over the sale of the warships to Russia.
Urging EU countries to stop selling defence equipment to Russia, British Prime Minister David Cameron said going ahead with the warship contract would be unthinkable in Britain.
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