Russia & France Agree To Sign Mistral Contract In 15 days

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, agreed on Thursday that a contract on the purchase of four Mistral class helicopter carriers for Russia will be signed in 15 days.

"We have reached a final agreement that this contract will be signed in 15 days. Two helicopter carriers will be built in France and two more in Russia," Sarkozy said after talks with Medvedev.

He said that all controversial issues of the contract had been sorted out.

"We have agreed that this contract will be signed in the near future. Our talks have been completed," Medvedev said.

"This [the Mistral deal] will help the development of bilateral ties," he added.

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