The first ship was due for supply in 2014, whereas the second was to be delivered this yr. However, in November 2014, France suspended the contract, citing Moscow’s alleged participation in the Ukrainian conflict.
“The negotiations are completely finished, everything has already been decided, both the time-frame and the amount”, President Vladimir Putin’s adviser for military and technical cooperation, Vladimir Kozhin, told state news agency RIA Novosti on Thursday evening.
“I think among the quite close years to come an understanding will surely be closed on infringing your potential customer, and later the portion that in fact France will make payment us all will surely be announced”, Kozhin appeared to be believed as saying.
The Mistral contract dates back to a June 2011 agreement reached under the previous French President, Nicolas Sarkozy.
In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin downplayed the significance of the ships however insisted that the French aspect reimburse Moscow “all bills” if the contract have been to be terminated.
The exact amount of the compensation has been agreed upon during the talks between Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and French Defense Secretary-General Louis Gautier, the daily added.
The sources also told the newspaper that the French will be assisted by a group of Russian experts, who will leave for the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire in the nearest future.
The move angered its Western partners, who claimed the delivery of the ships would undermine their joint efforts to isolate Russian Federation and condemn its annexation of foreign territory.
The following month US President Barack Obama said that it would be “preferable to press the pause button” on the deal.