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November 11, 2009

Strategic partnership

Just when you thought it was safe to buy French wine: Russia is set to buy up to four Mistral-class helicopter carriers from France and allow for at least two to be produced jointly in Russia.

Never at a loss to pass up a commercial deal that could hit Western strategic security interests, the French government is on a fast track to sell Russia one or more helicopter carriers that will provide the amphibious capability it now lacks in the Black Sea ...

Such a capability could allow the Kremlin to move troops and tanks into neighboring Georgia more quickly, for example allowing Russian Spetznaz, or Special Forces, to invade in a matter of hours rather than the days it took in its August 2008 invasion.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 11, 2009 07:52 AM