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Paris (AFP) - France said Wednesday "conditions" were not in place to deliver the first of two Mistral-class warships to Russia, a move planned later this year that has sparked controversy given the crisis in Ukraine.

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Paris agreed in 2011 to build and sell the two advanced helicopter assault ships to Russia for a total of 1.2 billion euros ($1.6 billion) with the first scheduled for delivery in October or November and the second in 2015.

Until recently, French leaders had refused to back down on a sale crucial to a country suffering from stagnant growth and record-high unemployment, despite widespread condemnation due to Russia's involvement in the Ukraine crisis.

"The President of the Republic declared that, despite the prospect of a ceasefire which still remains to be confirmed and implemented, the conditions for France to deliver the first warship are not to date in place," Francois Hollande's office announced Wednesday in a statement, on the eve of a major NATO summit.

Now my comment.I laught about sell them to NATO . NATO is a country now? Or NATO is a Alliance of 28 countries?
If i agree to no lets this ships of Russian . I prefers the Mistral rest in the hand of our French Navy