Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macherevich believes that Egypt may sell Russia two Mistrals, built in France, for $1.
Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said that Egypt may hand over to Russia two Mistral helicopter carriers, made in France, for symbolic amount of $1, the Interfax news agency reported. According to Macierewicz, he obtained this information ‘from good sources’.
The Minister also stressed that Egypt must not agree to such a deal – the refusal will serve to the ‘cause of peace’.
Meanwhile, Egyptian ambassador to Russia, Mohamed El Badri, said that he cannot confirm the information about a possible sale of the Mistrals to Russia.
“I cannot confirm this information,” Interfax quoted his words.
Spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, also said that the words of Macierewicz about the alleged purchase of the Mistral ships for $1 by Moscow are ‘complete nonsense’.
Peskov noted that the Polish Defense Minister could make such a statement due to too emotional background in relation to Russia in Warsaw, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
“Unfortunately, not all are able to digest, and not all are able to respond adequately to the background. This is nonsense,” Peskov added.
Meanwhile, earlier, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, denied the information about the purchase of the Mistral helicopter carriers for $1.
“Macierewicz makes such statements, as well as many other gems for self-advertising. However, this is a problem of Polish authorities, but not ours,” Konashenkov told the Izvestiya newspaper.
France built two Mistral helicopter carriers especially for Moscow, but after Crimea became a part of Russia, the ships were sold to Egypt.