Putin wants refund if French don’t deliver ship, but no other penalties

Mistral class warship.

President Vladimir Putin says Russia expects France to return the advance payment if it fails to deliver a warship built for the Russian navy.

France has suspended the delivery of the Mistral warship amid Russia-West tensions over the Ukrainian crisis.

Putin said Thursday during a televised call-in show that Moscow would not demand fines or any other extras.

He said France’s failure to deliver the warship wouldn’t damage the Russian navy capability, adding that Russia had placed the order in a bid to strengthen relations with France…

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