France suspends warship delivery

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Published: Tuesday 25th November 2014 by The News Editor

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France is suspending the planned delivery of a warship to Russia, citing the “current situation” in eastern Ukraine.

The office of French president Francois Hollande announced the suspension following growing speculation about the contract, which is the biggest arms sale ever by a Nato country to Russia.

The Vladivostok, the first of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers ordered by Russia, was due to be delivered as part of the 1.2 billion euro (£950 million) contract.

France has come under intense pressure from allies to suspend the sale because of tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Published: Tuesday 25th November 2014 by The News Editor

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