PARIS — The French procurement office Tuesday declined to comment on a report Russia has asked for a written statement on whether the Mistral class helicopter carrier will be delivered to Moscow.
A DGA spokesman declined to comment.
A planned summit among meetingbetween France, Germany and Russia is due to be held plan to hold a summit on Thursday Jan. 15 at Astana, Kazakhstan, in a bid to break the deadlock over the Ukraine crisis. The French, German, Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers met here Monday yesterday to prepare the ground for the top-level meeting.
The Mistral contract is understood to have been written under Swiss law. Under the force majeure clause in a sales contract, there is generally a 180-day suspension until a decision to cancel is required.
Moscow officials have called on France to decide whether to cancel, and if so then refund the purchase.
The then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy insisted on going ahead in 2011 with the €1.2 billion (US $1.4 billion) sale of the two warships, Vladivostok and Sevastopol, much to the concern of allies in Central European and the Baltics.