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France Just Fired The Guy In Charge Of Selling Warships To Russia

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    France Just Fired The Guy In Charge Of Selling Warships To Russia

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    On Christmas Eve 2010, then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called his French counterpart Nicholas Sarkozy with some big news: Russia was prepared to purchase two Mistral class helicopter carriers from France for a total of €1.2 billion ($1.5 billion).

    Almost four years later, the first of these ships, the Vladivostok, sits idle in the port of Saint-Nazaire, its future clouded by the stand-off between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine.
    Last week, the ongoing stalemate resulted in the French project director responsible for delivering the ships being fired.

    So what's going on? There's conflicting information from both sides. What we do know is that back in March of this year, Russia completed its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. This occurred in the aftermath of protests that had seen the collapse of the Kiev government with Russian President Vladimir Putin accusing the West of stoking unrest and Russophobia in the country.

    Read more: France Just Fired The Guy In Charge Of Selling Warships To Russia - Business Insider
     
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