French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said his country would deliver two warships ordered by Russia only if there were concrete signs of lasting peace in Ukraine.
A Palestinian bid to secure a UN resolution setting an end date for the occupation, which was supported by France, failed to pass a Security Council vote on Tuesday.
Some 400 Russian sailors training to operate the Mistral-class warship left France for home on Thursday, with still no official decision in Paris over whether to deliver the vessel to Russia.
Russia, Cuba, a 70th birthday party, French roads and an increase in violence and bad manners . . . it's hard to believe we're just one week away from Christmas!