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Russian sailors leave Saint-Nazaire in western France, 18 December 2014.
20/12/2014 - France - Russia

Russia tells France to hand over warship or return cash

Russia's government pressured France on Saturday to either hand over the first of two Mistral-class warships it has suspended due to the crisis in Ukraine or pay back the money before the new ...
The Mistral-class helicopter-carrier Vladivostok, Saint-Nazaire shipyard, 4 Sept. 2014.
18/12/2014 - France - Russia

Russian Mistral sailors head home from France

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.

Russian sailors near the Vladivostok in the port of Saint-Nazaire, 25 November 2014.
17/12/2014 - France - Russia

Russian sailors to leave France after suspension of warship deal

French shipbuilder DCNS confirmed Wednesday that 400 Russian sailors were to leave the country "before year-end holidays" following Paris's suspension of a controversial warship deal with ...
Warm welcome - Russian President Vladimir Putin meets France's François Hollande at Moscow Vnukovo airport
07/12/2014 - France - Russia - Ukraine

Hollande meets Putin in Moscow to ‘deescalate’ Ukraine crisis

French President François Hollande became the first Western leader to visit Moscow since the start of the Ukraine crisis on Saturday.
French President François Hollande (L) and Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev at the opening of the Sorbonne-Kazakhstan Insititute in Almaty on Friday
06/12/2014 - France - Russia - Kazakhstan

Hollande to meet Putin in Moscow to discuss Ukraine crisis

French President François Hollande is to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin on an unscheduled stopover in Moscow in an attempt to “deescalate” the Ukraine crisis.
The Vladivostok at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard in Brittany
05/12/2014 - France - Russia

France may never deliver Russia’s Mistral warships, defence minister

France may never deliver the Mistral warships it has built for Russia, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.
27/11/2014

French press review 27 November 2014

Is the polar bear doomed? And what about the European economy? How many stars do France’s prisons have? How Green is François Hollande? Will France give Russia its Mistrals?

One of the Mistral warships in the Saint Nazaire dockyard
25/11/2014 - France - Russia

France suspends Mistral warship delivery to Russia over Ukraine crisis

France has suspended delivery of a high-tech Mistral warship to Russia over the Ukraine conflict. Moscow says it will not take legal action “for the moment”.

The Mistral Vladivostok at the STX  Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, April 2014
21/11/2014 - France - Russia

Second Russian Mistral warship nears launch in French shipyard

The second Mistral warship being built for Russia by French shipbuilders was placed in the dock in Brittany's Saint-Nazaire shipyard on Thursday night.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin during his bilateral meeting with France's President François Hollande
16/11/2014 - France - Russia - G20

Hollande ‘won’t be pressured’ over warship delivery to Russia

French President François Hollande will not be pressured into delivering two Mistral warships being built in France for Russia, he said after the G20 summit in Australia on Sunday.
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