French officials have expressed astonishment at US diplomat Victoria Nuland’s “concern” over the sale of two French warships to Russia.
France pushed back the sale of two high-tech Mistral warships to Russia on Thursday over the Crimea crisis.
Russia on Friday signed a contract with France worth over a billion euros to buy two French Mistral-class warships.
France’s Consultative Commission on Defence Secrets has refused to lift the veil on files related to alleged bribery during the sale of French military ships to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Libyan opposition forces have retaken the town of Brega, in the east of the country, hours after government forces took control of it on Wednesday morning.
US and South Korean troops on Monday launched major annual land, sea and air exercises. North Korea has threatened to turn Seoul into a "sea of flames" if provoked.
Russia may send one or two of the warships it is buying from France to help protect the Kuril chain of islands, which are the centre of a bitter dispute with Japan.
Two Iranian naval ships entered the Suez Canal on Tuesday for the first time since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
France signed a deal Tuesday to sell four Mistral warships to Russia. Baltic states have expressed concern about Russia having such technology
The South Korean navy on Friday stormed a ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, rescuing all 21 crew members and killing eight pirates, military officials said.