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France, Russia still in Mistral talks -Russia min

The negotiations are on technology transfer -says officials.

September 7, 2010 2:42 by

Exclusive talks are continuing between France and Russia over a possible sale of French Mistral helicopter carriers to the Russian army, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Lavrov was speaking in Paris after a meeting of France’s and Russia’s foreign and defence ministers on military cooperation between the two countries.

“There is no change in the position of President (Dmitry) Medvedev in March when he said there would be exclusive negotiation on the Mistral,” Lavrov told reporters.

“Negotiations are ongoing and concrete. The negotiations are on technology transfer,” he said. (Reporting by John Irish; editing by David Stamp)

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