Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives a press conference on the second day of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) ministerial meeting in Basel, December 5, 2014. (AFP/FABRICE COFFRINI)
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Friday warned France its reputation was on the line over the delivery of a controversial warship to Russia, which has been delayed due to the conflict in Ukraine.His comments came as Paris warned the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers it built for Russia may never be delivered, with a lasting cease-fire in war-torn eastern Ukraine so far proving elusive.Moscow's ambassador to France Alexandre Orlov said if France did not want to deliver the ships, it should pay Russia back.The Mistrals have placed France in a sticky situation.Hollande has repeatedly said the cease-fire in Ukraine must be fully respected before the first ship can be handed over, however fighting has shattered all truce deals to date in a conflict that has left 4,300 dead in eight months.
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