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France, Russia Reach Agreement to Break Mistral Warship Contract

The Sevastopol mistral warship on its way for its first sea trials, in Saint-Nazaire, France, on March 16, 2015.

The Sevastopol mistral warship on its way for its first sea trials, in Saint-Nazaire, France, on March 16, 2015.

Photographer: Georges Gobet/AFP via Getty Images

France and Russia have agreed to terminate a contract for two helicopter carriers that France built and then refused to hand over because of the conflict in Ukraine.

France has reimbursed the money Russia advanced for the Mistral-class warships and will return Russian equipment that had been installed, leaving France free to use or sell the vessels as it sees fit, according to a joint statement from both countries on Wednesday.