State Duma: France may lose important contracts if it declines to deliver Mistral ship to Russia

The French refusal to deliver the Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Moscow risks the disruption of contracts important to France, the State Duma believes.

The French refusal to deliver the Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Moscow risks the disruption of contracts important to France, the State Duma believes.

"The position of India, which has threatened to repeal a contract for the delivery of 126 Rafales fighters signed with Dassault in early September if France refuses to supply helicopter carriers to Russia, is typical," State Duma Industry Committee First Deputy Chairman, Russian Engineering Union First Vice-President Vladimir Gutenev (United Russia) told reporters on Wednesday.

He said it was hard to estimate total losses of the French defense sector. "All we can see is the tip of the iceberg because the number of unconcluded and indefinitely delayed contracts will grow massively," he said.

"After a long period of stalling, the transfer of the Mistral-class ship, the French president seems to be demonstrating his readiness to sacrifice the interests of his country to the policy pushed on him from the overseas," Gutenev said.

Indeed, French businesses were more interested in the fulfillment of this contract and they are already incurring losses from the sanctions policy, the parliamentarian emphasized.

Read more: French president postpones shipping of first Mistral to Russia indefinitely


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