Vladimir79 wrote: KoTeMoRe wrote: Vladimir79 wrote: higurashihougi wrote:
Now I wonder what France is going to do with the Mistral ? Sell it to... China ?
Probably Canada and a Scandinavian country if the discount is deep enough. They are in need of Arctic certified vessels.
Well so far the rumour has it that the vessels cannot be ceded to a NATO-party if they want to re-sell them. So the only possibility is Sweden, with a billion Euro pricetag, which the Swedish MoD doesn't have, plus about half a billion for armament and refit. Ergo about 20 to 25% extension to the current budget.
Once the money is returned, the contract is nullified leaving DCNS free to do whatever they want with them.
It is more complicated. France has created the conditions, for Russia to invoke what's called a "réscision pour vice radical"
. I.E. in French Law, it is a contract concluded by two parties, where one party, ties retroactively the contract, despite prior clauses (ToT, Part-building, licensing etc) to a new and irrelevant cause and effect, which can be taken to face value as a conspiration/ dolus to never deliver on its part of the contract. IE France built two ships with Russian money, that it intended to sell to another party...
This is supported by the fact that France hasn't any barrier or case of 'force majeure' that blocks it from delivering the ships. As both Ships are unarmed, they can't be any contest about weapons transfer; As the goods are pre-paid, there can't be any contest about arrears. It also derives from the French attempts to resell ships it hasn't full rights, while it had said it will deliver them. The evershifting French Position makes it clear that the Vendor has never had ANY intention to deliver the ships. It was made worse by the lax security on the vessels which resultes in diverse thefts (including two laptops with sensitive material from the ships). Off course this is the angle Russian attorneys need to attack. Because France is litterally defenceless on that point.
France hasn't a chance in hell to get out of this without shelling out serious money. SERIOUS. Fric