France to train Russian sailors 法国将培训俄国海军

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Image caption France has resisted international criticism over the sale of warships to Russia

四百名俄罗斯海军陆战队员已经抵达法国,准备在法国出售给俄国海军的两艘军舰上接受培训。尽管受到美国和其他盟国的批评,但是法国总统奥朗德拒绝取消这笔军舰交易。以下是 BBC 驻巴黎记者 Christian Fraser 发回的报道:

This is a deal worth €1.2 billion to France – not to mention the jobs.

But it sorely undermines France's position – they've been one of the countries pushing Germany to take a tougher line with Russia over the recent unrest in eastern Ukraine.

President Obama has made his feelings clear. "It would have been preferable," he said, "to press the pause button".

The Hollande government says the current sanctions agreement doesn't cover military hardware and the contract, signed by President Sarkozy's government in 2011, is too expensive to cancel.