The contract for the purchase of a universal helicopter carrier Mistral-class for the Russian Navy will be signed before the end of the year, RIA Novosti reports, citing the statement of the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Nikolai Makarov. Makarov also added, that the Russian authorities continue to prepare an international tender for the construction and purchase of the newest helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, considered the most pro-American of all French leaders since the Fourth Republic, continues to please Russia.
Commenting on the forthcoming meeting of Sarkozy with Dmitry Medvedev and Angela Merkel in Normandy, the Wall Street Journal said.
As is known, the main topic of the meeting will be a new security architecture, which, according to the Kremlin, will allow the three countries to develop a partnership for the formation of a common European space of security and cooperation.