Wikileaks: French’s intention to sell Russia the Mistral ship is an intense concern for U.S.

The United States expressed in February, to France,the  “concern” about proposed sales  warship Mistral to Russia, considering this decision an “inappropriate message” sent to Moscow, according to U.S. diplomatic telegram released by Wikileaks .

This diplomatic telegram, one of the 250,000 disclosed Internet site Wikileaks, is a summary of a meeting between French Defense Minister Herve Morin and his U.S. counterpart, Robert Gates, during a visit to Paris of the latter on 8 February.

During a horizon tour of  international issues, the two officials mentioned the sale of ships of Mistral.

Secretary of Defense Herve Morin said he’s explained that such a sale “would send an inappropriate message to our allies in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe,” writes one who drafted the telegram.

Following this meeting, Robert Gates said in the press that the matter was discussed and has undergone a “thorough exchange of views.”

For the French minister, the sale does not change Russia’s military capabilities.

Robert Gates said that U.S. concern is not related to the characteristics of ships, the “message” of such a sales policy, especially from Eastern European countries which “still do not trust Russia and I do not know until Where can I trust the West. ”

“Defense Secretary stressed that Russian democracy has disappeared and that government is an oligarchy run by the security services. President (Dmitry) Medvedev has a more pragmatic vision for Russia than the Prime Minister (Vladimir) Putin, but in reality there are few changes,” reports document author.

Mistral is a design and control vessel capable of carrying helicopters and tanks. France is negotiating with Moscow in 2009 to sell up to four such ships. Such a sale to Russia would be a first for a member country of NATO.

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