Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Nigerian air force mistakenly bombs refugee camp killing at least 50 people

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Brexit Means Hard Brexit

Read more

THE DEBATE

Hard Brexit, here we come: UK to leave EU common market (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Hard Brexit, here we come: The blowback against globalisationt (part 2)

Read more

ENCORE!

Art on the wire and online: Jean-Hubert Martin on curating in cyberspace

Read more

FOCUS

Inside China's answer to Silicon Valley

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Behind the scenes at China's Harbin snow festival

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Donald Trump is a great friend of Israel'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Davos 2017: World Economic Forum wary of post-Brexit future

Read more

Europe

US pressure on French banks ‘blackmail’ over warship sale, Putin says

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-07-01

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he sees the fine imposed on French bank BNP Paribas in the US as Washington’s attempt to “blackmail” Paris to prevent the controversial sale of warships to Russia.

"This does not concern us directly but what they are doing to French banks right now – this causes nothing but indignation in Europe and here," Putin told ambassadors in a key foreign policy speech.

His comments come after France’s biggest bank, BNP Paribas, on Monday pleaded guilty to US criminal charges of violating sanctions on Iran and Sudan for eight years. BNP Paribas was fined a record $8.9 billion.

France has vowed to stick by a 1.2 billion euro contract to build two Mistral warships for the Russian navy despite US objections to the project.

"We know of the pressure that our American partners are putting on France so that they don't send the Mistrals to Russia," Putin said.

"And we know they hinted that if they don't send the Mistrals to Russia then sanctions will be slowly lifted from the banks, or reduced to a minimum. What is that if not blackmail?"

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-07-01

  • FRANCE

    France delays decision on selling warships to Russia

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    France may cancel Russian warship order over Crimea

    Read more

  • FRANCE - RUSSIA

    France will not halt Russian warship sale despite Ukraine crisis

    Read more

COMMENT(S)