Lawmakers urge NATO to buy French warships instead of Russia

Eight lawmakers urged the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to buy the Mistral-Class warships France intends to sell to Russia.

In a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the House members said purchasing the warships would prevent a financial loss for France but still ensure Russian President Vladimir Putin wouldn't have access to the new resources.

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France has temporarily suspended the sale of the Mistral-Class warships, but not on a permanent basis.

"Sensitive to the financial burden that France may incur should it rightly refuse to transfer these warships to Russia, we renew our call that NATO purchase or lease the warships as a common naval asset," the lawmakers wrote.

"Such a decisive move by NATO is not without precedent and would show President Putin that our rhetorical resolve is matched by our actual resolve and that this Alliance will not tolerate or abet his dangerous actions in Europe," they added.

The letter was signed by House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) as well as Reps. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Bill Keating (D-Mass.), Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.).  

 

 

 

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