Mistral: Russian sailors forbidden to board

Mistral Vladivostok in Montoir, photo Bernard Grua

According to the French newspaper "Ouest France", russian military sailors are forbidden to board on the Mistral Vladivostok since this morning.

This might be the consequence of the last mistake made where the boat appeared in the international tracking system as being under russian flag last Friday. Following this, Romain Nadal, spokesperson of the French Ministry of Foreign affairs, had to clarify this morning and officially state that the war ship is back under French flag.

The Mistral deal issue has not been discussed by Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit. The ship is technically ready to be delivered. Russia threatened one day before the G20 of financial consequences if the war ship is not delivered within two weeks while Hollande declared that no compensation could be sought at the moment as everything is going according to the contract signed between DCNS and Rosoboronexport.

Is the French government getting scared of having the russian sailors getting away with the boat as with the "Boats of Cherbourg"?

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