US voices 'concerns' at sale of French warships to Russia

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrives to attend a dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris May 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

WASHINGTON: US officials on Thursday voiced concern at the sale of French warships to Moscow as they mull tougher sanctions on Russia for the political upheaval triggered by the crisis in Ukraine.

"We have regularly and consistently expressed our concerns about this sale even before we had the latest Russian actions and we will continue to do so," Assistant Secretary for Europe Victoria Nuland told US lawmakers ahead of a visit next week to Washington by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.





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