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Russia: No Formal Refusal From France On Two Ship Mistral Deal

Russia: No Formal Refusal From France On Two Ship Mistral Deal

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Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Despite strong language from the French President François Hollande, Russia has not received formal notification from France suspending or cancelling the $1.53 billion deal for two Mistral-class amphibious warship deal, Russian officials said on Tuesday. Read More

Two U.S. Ships in Black Sea, French Surveillance Ship Due Friday

Two U.S. Ships in Black Sea, French Surveillance Ship Due Friday

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USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) in 2011. US Military Sea Lift Command Photo

USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) in 2011. US Military Sea Lift Command Photo

The U.S. command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) entered the Black Sea on Saturday — a day after guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) — bringing the total of American naval ships in the region to two, according on a release from U.S. 6th Fleet. Read More

Opinion: A Mistral For Canada

Opinion: A Mistral For Canada

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Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

The September decision by France to withhold delivery of two Mistral-class Landing Platforms Helicopter (LPH) building for Russia is an opportunity for NATO, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and for the French shipbuilding industry and economy. France should not suffer economically for taking a stand against Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine. Rather, NATO, France and Canada can benefit if a little mutually beneficial creativity is applied.

While France desperately wants to complete the two amphibious warships — and get paid for them — NATO and Canada need the capabilities these ships can provide. Read More

Stavridis: Russian Mistrals Could Work Well As NATO Rapid Reaction Force Asset

Stavridis: Russian Mistrals Could Work Well As NATO Rapid Reaction Force Asset

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Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

The suspended delivery of two French-built amphibious warships to the Russian Navy could give NATO an opportunity to buy a ready-made platform for its planned rapid reaction force, retired Adm. James G. Stavridis — former NATO Supreme Allied Commander — told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Opinion: Sunset for NATO?

Opinion: Sunset for NATO?

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President Barack Obama spent a night on the borders of Russia in Estonia, a country with a sizeable Russian minority, and from whence you truly can see Russia. In remarks a few hours ago, President Obama spoke not only to Estonia and NATO – but to the watchers just across the border in Russia when he said “”In this alliance, there are no old members or new members, no junior partners or senior partners — there are just allies, pure and simple. We will defend the territorial integrity of every single ally.”

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France Suspends $1.53 Billion Russian Amphibious Warship Deal Over Ukraine Conflict

France Suspends $1.53 Billion Russian Amphibious Warship Deal Over Ukraine Conflict

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An artist's rendering of the future Russian Navy amphibious warship Vladivostok. DCNS Photo

An artist’s rendering of the future Russian Navy amphibious warship Vladivostok. DCNS Photo

France is backing out of a $1.53 billion deal that would have provided the Russian Navy two amphibious warships in reaction to the increasingly violent situation in Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and government forces, according to a Wednesday statement from the French government. Read More

Brookings Panel Outlines Tensions In Ukraine Conflict

Brookings Panel Outlines Tensions In Ukraine Conflict

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Russian troops in Crimea in March. REUTERS Photo

Russian troops in Crimea in March. REUTERS Photo

The way out of the Ukraine-Russia crisis lies in both countries realizing they “are not just neighbors, but relatives”—a goal not easily reached, a former senior State Department official said. He added, “Let’s just hope they survive the next week” as fighting has stepped up around separatist strongholds in Donetsk and Luhansk. Read More

Navigating Ukraine’s Civil War

Navigating Ukraine’s Civil War

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Pro-Russian separatists at a check point in Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine.

Pro-Russian separatists at a check point in Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine.

As summer rolls on, Russian-built anti-aircraft missiles continue to down aircraft over eastern Ukraine. While a great deal of ink has been spilled over exactly what kind of missiles are deployed, and who is giving the launch authorizations and actually launching them, one fact is salient: This is an escalation, intentional or not, that elevates the simmering Ukrainian civil war beyond Donetsk. Read More