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France delays warship delivery to Russia over Ukraine

Iran Press TV

Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:17PM GMT

France has delayed the delivery of the first of two high-tech warships to Russia "until further notice" as a result of the situation in eastern Ukraine.

French President Francois Hollande announced the decision in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement by his office said Hollande "considers that the current situation in eastern Ukraine still does not allow for the delivery of the first' warship.

This is while Moscow has reportedly warned France of "serious" consequences if it fails to deliver the first of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers by the end of this month.

According to a deal signed in 2011 between the two sides, the first of the two warships was to be delivered earlier this month.

However, Western powers accusing Russia of instigating the crisis in Ukraine's eastern region have put pressure on France over its relations with Moscow. As a result, France postponed the delivery of its warship to Russia in September.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it will not immediately take action over the claim.

The unrest in Ukraine broke out back in April when deadly clashes erupted between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army in the two mainly eastern Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Violence intensified two months later when flashpoint regions held local referendums in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation.

Following the events, the United States and the European Union (EU) imposed a series of sanctions against Russia


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