France to broach Mistral deal with Putin this week: Hollande

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Posted: Apr 22, 2015 9:58 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday he would broach all aspects of a frozen deal to sell Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia when he meets Vladimir Putin later this week but that a delivery was not possible in current conditions.

Hollande was speaking after a Paris meeting with Ukraine leader Petro Poroshenko. Paris suspended the Mistral sale after Europe decided to impose sanctions against Russia over the conflict in neighboring Ukraine.

(Reporting By Brian Love; Editing by Leigh Thomas)