Under huge pressure from its allies, France announced this week that it will not deliver the first of two powerful Mistral Class amphibious helicopter carriers which the country is building for Russia on account of that country’s actions in eastern Ukraine. The first vessel Vladivostok had been due for delivery next month. Four hundred Russian crew members have been training to operate the vessel since the end of June based in the STX Saint-Nazaire Shipyard, on France’s Atlantic coast. France was careful not to rule out the possibility of delivering the warship and her sister Sevastapol at some point in the future “should the conditions be right”. The contract for the two vessels is worth 1.2bn Euros ($1.6bn).