On July 22 French President Francois Hollande defied Britain and the U.S., saying his country will “deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia” in October.
His announcement came on the eve of discussions of “sanctions on Moscow over the downing of…[the Malaysian] civilian airliner over Ukraine.”
According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Hollande made the announcement “only hours” after Prime Minister David Cameron described fulfilling such an order as “unthinkable,” in light of the tragedy of the Malaysian flight.
Socialist Party head Jean-Christophe Cambadelis dismissed the British opposition: “This is a false debate being led by hypocrites…When you see how many (Russian) oligarchs have sought refuge in London, David Cameron should start by cleaning up his own backyard.”
The U.S. has also been critical of France’s choice, saying the move “[exposes] France to criticism that it is putting its own interests ahead of Western solidarity over Ukraine.”
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