France has suspended delivery of two warships to Russia amid security concerns about Moscow's actions in neighbouring Ukraine, the office of the French president has said.
The Vladivostok, the first of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers ordered by Russia, was to be delivered by late October. Despite talk today of a possible ceasefire in Ukraine, Mr Hollande said that is not enough to allow France to authorise the delivery of the warship.
After President Francois Hollande convened a special defence panel, a day before the start of a Nato summit, his office described the fighting in Ukraine "grave" and said Russia's recent actions in eastern Ukraine harm "the foundations of security in Europe".
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