You are wrong. They never broke the contract. The non-delivery is part of the contract. They gave back the money which is part of the contract.
Russia is making two helicopter carriers that are 5,000 tons heavier than Mistral so they are not building Mistrals so they aren't breaking the contract either.
Yes and they care. France is with Germany leading the EU and Russia wants good economic relations with them.
What are you talking about.... both have the other under economic sanctions... as per orders from Washington...
But if they want to keep making business with foreign countries they have to respect international laws.
Was the EU respecting international law when they bombed Serbia over Kosovo... how about your attack on Libya and murder of Gadaffi?
Which International law allows EU and US special forces to train terrorists in Syria against the wishes of the Syrian government?
Funny how respect for international law is only a one way street...
Russian don't want everyone to do anything they want so they won't start doing what they want when it's against their engagements.
I doubt Russia will ever buy another French ship so I don't see what the problem is...
Again, France had the right to not deliver the ships. It was part of the contract. Abd frankly Mistrals are not suited for russian Navy. Not the same helicopters, not the same areas of deployment, not the same landing forces... their naval design makers can do something on their own. Mistral is a civilian design.
They wanted a design fast because their experience in Georgia made them realise if a more powerful country was the problem.... say Japan regarding the Kuriles then they might not have been able to respond in time and 8 8 8 showed them they could not rely on the international community to be fair or even impartial.
The response was the need for a landing vessel and the Mistral seemed to be the best alternative and being a proven design there would be little time wasted.
France didn't have a "right" to not deliver the ships... they had an outclause incase they didn't have the spine to stand up to the US... call it a get out of jail because I am a pussy clause, which they invoked.
If France had honoured their part of the deal they probably would be negotiating the next two because the plan was always for four ships... two in the Pacific Fleet and two in the Northern Fleet, but now Russian ship makers will get to design and build four new ships for Russia and I doubt France will ever be given a tour of the ships... they wont be carbon copies of the Mistrals because there was a lot they did not like but had to put up with. Now they can correct the most serious faults and get a properly armed and designed military ship.
France should be happy for Russia.
I don't care what the Russians did but it was a violation of the contract, again arms contracts contain many stipulations regarding technological sharing and data transfer.
Don't try and water it down to "ship wasn't delivered they can do what they want legally" sorry but no that's not how it works at all. Again don't care but facts are facts.
Without access to the new ships how can you prove in a court of law that they are "copies"?
The fact that they are different size an a different weight with different capacities for helicopters and presumably their landing ships and armour is redesigned to suit the new stuff the Russians are making will make them different enough to not be able to be called copies... and as I said they have not mentioned any exports... they will want four if they are happy with the design, so they wont be making any export models for at least 10-15 years anyway.
So are the new landing mistral derivatives?
I doubt it. More like previous designs with some Mistral like updates and improvements.
That would seem an illogical decision on the part of the Russian navy, it would be far better to use the blueprints as a standard to surpass and have thier own design bureaus design a vastly superior vessel.
If they were just making Mistrals they had the blueprints an without modifications could have started making them a few years ago...