PARIS, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- France on Wednesday suspended the delivery of the first of two Mistral warships to Russia as "conditions are not in place," the country's president Francois Hollande said.
"...Despite the prospect of a cease-fire which has yet to be confirmed and implemented, the conditions for France to deliver the first warship are not to date in place, Hollande announced in a statement released by his office.
Turning deaf ears to U.S. and Britain's calls to suspend the business accord and to impose tougher sanction on Russia, Hollande, two months ago, announced that the first Mistral warship to Russia will be delivered on October while the handover of a second would "depend on Moscow's attitude."
EU member states to discuss sanction proposals against Russia
BRUSSELS, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- European Union (EU) member states will discuss and assess further sanction proposals against Russia delivered by the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, an official statement said Wednesday.
The European Commission adopted proposals for further sanctions against Russia following a request from the European Council delivered to the Council's Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER). Full Story
France's refusal to deliver Mistral warship no tragedy for Russia: official
MOSCOW, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Russia said Wednesday that France's decision to put the delivery of one Mistral warship to Moscow on hold would not be a tragedy.
"Even though this is unpleasant news of course and it strains relations with our French partners, the termination of the contract will not be a tragedy for us in terms of rearmament," Itar-Tass news agency quoted Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov as saying. Full Story