How can you hurt the Russians without the scheme “returning to plague their inventors” asks Schadenfreude, our secret columnist in Brussels?
Not by delivering to the Red Fleet the two helicopter-carriers being built in France, that’s for sure.
Handy things helicopter ships; they do not need a flight deck and can use established design for seaworthiness. One of the pair is reportedly almost ready to sail.
Very handy if you want to get somewhere fast and show them what’s what.
But how can this be the right time to hand them over? We want to be nasty to the Russians, not helpful.
The ships are already paid for and legally are Russian property.
So what? France could break the contract for force majeure reasons. No court in Europe would give the Russians redress. Even better, give them their money back and sell the boats to the US Navy