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France, Russia on the Way to Mistral Deal Solution - Hollande

© Sputnik / Grigoriy Sisoev / Go to the mediabankThe STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire
The STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire - Sputnik International
Paris and Moscow are discussing possible solutions to the failed Mistral deal, French President Francois Hollande said Sunday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — France has suspended the handover of two Mistral-class warships to Russia indefinitely over the crisis in Ukraine.

"We are negotiating to find a solution to end the crisis," Hollande said, as quoted by Europe 1 radio.

Sevastopol (L) and the Vladivostok warships, two Mistral class LHD amphibious vessels ordered by Russia from STX France in Saint-Nazaire, western France, on December 20, 2014 - Sputnik International
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According to the terms of Russia's $1.5-billion Mistral delivery contract with France, signed in 2011, Paris was due to deliver the first of the two Mistral-class ships, the Vladivostok, to the Russian Navy by November 14, 2014.

The delivery was halted by Hollande over Russia's alleged military support for pro-independence militia in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in Ukraine's internal conflict, warning that it could file a lawsuit against Paris if contractual obligations for the Mistral deal remain unfulfilled.

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