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Dec 21, 2012 | 14:54 GMT

Russia: Mistral Deal Postponed, Not Canceled, Source Says

The Russian Defense Ministry is not abandoning plans to build two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships as reported earlier, but rather postponing the start of construction from 2013 to 2016, an unnamed ministry source said Dec. 21, RIA Novosti reported. The ministry needs time to assess the ships' performance, role and status as part of the Russian navy, the source said. The acquisition and construction of the French-designed carrier has been part of Russia's military modernization plans.

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