French-made warship destined for Russia sets sail | Inquirer News

French-made warship destined for Russia sets sail

/ 05:16 PM March 05, 2014

A picture taken on October 15, 2013 shows the Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, at the STX France shipyards in Saint-Nazaire, western France. AFP

PARIS, France—A French-built warship designed to strengthen Russia’s navy is getting its first test run—just as Western powers are trying to rein in Vladimir Putin’s military threat to Ukraine.

A spokesman for the shipbuilder says the “Vladivostok” helicopter carrier is setting sail Wednesday from the French Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire. A few hundred kilometers away in Paris, leading world diplomats meet Wednesday amid mounting tensions over Ukraine.


The warship is part of a lucrative 2011 deal that marked the biggest-ever sale of North Atlantic Treaty Organization weaponry to Moscow.


France has criticized Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, but says it has no plans to scrap the defense deal. It illustrates the challenges for European countries that have economic ties with Russia but want to pressure it diplomatically.


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