France originally built the two Mistral ships for Russia; however, after the latter's occupation of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, France announced that the ships will instead be sold to Egypt.
Egypt is the first country in the Middle East to have Mistral warships.
The head of Russia s navy, Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky, said in September that with a Mistral
, Russia could have reached its military goal against Georgia in 40 minutes instead of 26 hours.
Egypt has not yet made the request because our equipment has not been dismantled yet from the Mistrals," SergeyAaAaAeAeAaAeAeA Chemezov,AaAaAeAeAaAeAeA head of said at aAaAaAeAeAaAeAeA Dubai airshow Monday.
The sale of the Mistrals would have been the first arms deal between Russia and a Western power in history.
Russia offered to outfit the Mistrals with helicopters and electronic equipment shortly after Egypt announced the purchase.
France will most possibly provide 2 Mistral
warships to Egypt by the H1 of next year.
Negotiations on compensating Russia for the non-delivery of two French Mistral warships have come to an end, Russian media have reported.
Russian media reported Paris and Moscow had reached a compensation accord for the cancellation of the delivery of two French-made Mistral warships.
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