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France freezes warship delivery to Russia, citing Ukraine conflict
France freezes warship delivery to Russia, citing Ukraine conflict

France has put on hold a controversial deal to supply Russia with two high-tech amphibious assault ships following international concern over Moscow's military involvement in Ukraine. President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that delivery of the first ship, the Vladivostok, scheduled for this month, would be delayed until "further notice." The statement from the Elysée Palace came after Russia threatened serious repercussions if France refused to honor the $1.65-billion contract that is opposed by Washington and by Russia's neighbors, including the Baltic states. Around 400 Russian crew members have been training on the Vladivostok, currently in the French...

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