Russia to buy Mistral-class helicopter carriers from France

Russia to buy Mistral-class helicopter carriers from France

French President Nicholas Sarkozy has been informed by his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev that Russia is going to buy two French Mistral-class helicopter carriers from them.

The information was sent last Friday and this is going to be the largest foreign arms purchase to be done by Russia since the Cold War era. The total worth of the deal is going to be $1.3 billion.

And while France has looked up to the lead with lot of pride and jubilation, smaller ex-Soviet states fear of something fishy.

The deal has already been criticized by the likes of Lithuanian Defense Minister Rasa Jukneviciene, who said that France's decision to sell arms to Russia is making them fear of staying in the close circuit of the country.

Experts believe that with Mistral-type weapons, Russia will have its control on the coastal region enhanced and will also give it more striking power.

However, the head of the General Staff, Nikolai Makarov of Russia said that these assault weapons are going to be used for making the Kurli Islands safe. The ownership of these islands is already disputed with Japan.


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