ISMAILIAY, Egypt — French President Francois Hollande said Thursday there would be “no difficulty” in finding new buyers for two Mistral warships that were sold to Russia before Paris scrapped the deal.
Paris refused to deliver the warships to Moscow in response to Russia’s alleged aggression in Ukraine last year.
“There will be no difficulty in finding buyers,” Hollande told reporters in the Egyptian canal city of Ismailiya, where he attended a ceremony to inaugurate an expanded Suez Canal.
Two of the 200-meter (650-foot) amphibious helicopter-carriers were due for delivery to Russia by the end of this year in a deal worth an estimated €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion).
The deal was formally canceled Wednesday and, within hours, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said several countries had expressed an interest in buying the ships, without giving details.