France to refund Russia if Mistral will not be delivered

French President Francois Hollande says France will refund payments made by Russia for two Mistral amphibious-assault ships if the warships are not delivered because of Moscow’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict.
Hollande said in Paris after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on April 22 that he will discuss the $1.3 billion Mistral deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two meet in Armenia on April 24.
France postponed the delivery of the first warship to Moscow in autumn 2014 in response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and the Kremlin’s support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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