Russia: We are carefully studying the AUKUS agreement

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THE Russia on the occasion of the broad security partnership US, UK and Australia (AUKUS), which was announced by Washington yesterday, stated today that Moscow has not yet formed its position on this tripartite cooperation and that it is carefully studying all the details.

At the same time he reminded the Paris, which did not hide its anger over the cancellation by Australia of the agreement with France for the construction of 12 conventional submarines, the cancellation of the agreement it had signed with Moscow in 2015 for the construction of two helicopter type Mistral.

“First of all, we need to understand the details of this alliance. Undoubtedly we study carefully the information, “said a spokesman for the Russian president Dmitry Peshkov, adding that “in order to shape our position, we must understand the goals, the commitments, the means. We must first answer these questions. At the moment, the information is minimal “.

For her part, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, said he was surprised by the reaction of the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on the occasion of Australia’s decision to cancel the agreement with Paris for the construction of submarines, recalling the situation that had arisen when France canceled the agreement with Russia for the delivery of two Mistral helicopters.

“Where is the anger and the sorrow?” The termination of contracts for France is probably one usual case. In 2015, Paris canceled the agreement with Russia for the two Mistral helicopters. “Or maybe those knives are bad when you feel them on your back”, wrote Zakharova on her Telegram channel, according to APE BPE.

Russia and France had signed an agreement to build the two Mistral helicopters in June 2011. France was due to deliver the first in November 2014, but due to the events in Ukraine and her sanctions against Russia, the French president François Hollande decided to cancel the agreement. In the summer of 2015 the agreement was canceled.

Paris paid Moscow how much EUR 949.7 million, while the helicopters were then sold to Egypt.

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