Poland claims that Russia has found a way to get hold of the French Mistral warships sold to Egypt.

In August 2015, President Francois Hollande succumbed to pressure from EU member states and canceled the delivery to two Mistral-class ships to Russia. The €1,3 bn deal for the production and delivery of the two helicopter carriers has been sealed by former President, Nicola Sarkozy.

The two helicopter carriers were eventually sold to Egypt.

But, the Polish Minister Antoni Macierewicz says that the ships have made their way to Russia for just $1.

Both the Egyptian Embassy in Moscow and Russia’s defense ministry’s spokesman, Igor Konashenkov told Sputnik this is a fiction designed by the Polish Minister to boost his image. The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Mr. Macierewicz’s comments were “total nonsense.”

Russian sources confirm that Moscow is negotiating with Cairo the supply of equipment and helicopters worth approximately $1bn to equip the two Mistral-class ships, TASS reports.

epa05029172 New Polish defense minister Antoni Macierewicz at the start of a European defense ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 17 November 2015. One of the subjects that will be dicussed in the meeting is the Paris attacks that happend on 13 November. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET
Polish defense minister Antoni Macierewicz at the start of a European defense ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 17 November 2015. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET