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…

  • I figure that eventually I’ll take all of France anyways, so no sense in making a big issue out of this now.

    • Frau Katze

      You’re such a nice guy, Vlad.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    Umm…why can’t Russia build her own warships? Her ship builders are too soused?

    • Frau Katze

      A distinct possibility.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Lots of technical reasons, but mostly it’s because their entire system has become so corrupt that anything complex becomes a money pit and never gets finished, while the costs spiral out of sight.
      30-years ago they could have easily built that ship.

      • Uncle_Waspy

        Ahh…the mystery is solved. A budget allocated for any project has a 95% mafia deduction.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Judging by the Sochi debacle, that number seems to be closer to a 300%-500% “tax”.

          • andycanuck

            It sounds just like Montreal!

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Probably just like Montreal, but maybe not entirely, likely much worse.
            Other than Montreal taking the Gold Medal in the free-form cost-overrun event in ’76, what happened there?

          • Clink9

            Couldn’t finish the stadium in time. Very 3rd world.

          • David

            They won 24 Stanley Cups.

          • I have won 24 Putin Cups.

          • I liked the Sochi Olympics.

            Corrupt, yeah, but what a show!

    • Peter the Great knew how to build ships from foreign know-how.

      Putin just wants to buy stuff.

  • Rick McGinnis

    “Russia not need stupid airplane ship. Russia just trying to be nice…”

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Actually they don’t need a carrier but they want them because America has them and since America has them, they must too.
      They don’t give any thought as to how America and Russia’s circumstances might be wildly different.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Canada should buy them.

  • David

    that vlads a crafty fella.