Issue of Mistrals settled, resolved, says Kremlin

Moscow considers the so-called Mistral issue to be completely exhausted, the Russian president's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when commenting on the telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande on Aug. 5.

Moscow considers the so-called Mistral issue to be completely exhausted, the Russian president's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when commenting on the telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande on Aug. 5.

"The key point is the following: Moscow considers the so-called Mistral issue to be completely settled, thus from our point of view this topic is exhausted," Peskov said.

The telephone conversation concerned in particular the settlement of Mistral issue.

When asked by Interfax whether Russia has already been paid the forfeit penalty or this is yet to be done, Peskov said: "I repeat once again Moscow considers the Mistral issue to be fully settled and resolved."

At that, Peskov did not answer when asked where the funds Russia received for Mistrals would be sent.

"Of course, the country's authorities will make a separate decision on that," Peskov said.

When commenting reports that France is yet to undergo the procedure of ratifying the agreement on terminating the contract on Mistral supplies at the French parliament, Peskov said: "As to the procedures in France, I cannot say anything, this is not my prerogative."

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