Well, I'll be damned. Russia is still working. Never write Russia off I say
Yet you so often do...
You do understand that if they didn't lay down these ships that doesn't mean they were lying... it means they changed their plans.
If I say I am going to the beach tomorrow and then tomorrow comes and it is pissing down rain and I don't go, that does not make me a liar... it just makes me wrong.
BTW if it is pissing down rain and I go to the beach anyway because I said I was going makes me a fucking idiot...
You could argue that I should have looked at the weather forecast before I made my plans, but in this case who could possibly have foreseen a global pandemic?
Even right now we don't know when things will go back to normal, so making any new plans right now would be a nightmare...
Planning things is not simply a question of desire... I might really really want to go to the beach, but it makes no sense if it is raining and cold and I wont enjoy it.
For laying down a ship you need somewhere that can lay the ship down and there are not a lot of options there because they are not just laying it down and building the hull... they need the stuff that goes in to it to be ready to go in to it... there is no point laying down the hull of a ship if the engine and transmission wont be ready for 5 years... what that results in is a hull sitting there taking up space where other ships could be built while you are waiting for the components you need. Obviously you also need a workforce to do the work and you also need to organise all the materials you need for the build... the steel... the cabling... the electronics and pipes and of course all the computers and sensors and weapons and other bits and pieces to be ready when they are needed.
Shifting the laying down time is a pain because it shifts all the other times around too, but if it can't be helped then it can't be helped.
Plans are never set in stone and not being able to change plans leads to terrible situations... like getting a fighter plane that can't go supersonic for instance... or a new aircraft carrier that can't operate aircraft except helicopters despite it being 100 thousand tons and 16 billion dollars worth... for seagulls to shit on.