Moscow: A top Russian military official says Russia is negotiating the possible purchase of a military ship built in France.
Deputy Defence Minister Vladimir Popovkin says it is too early to say whether an agreement for buying a Mistral-class helicopter carrier can be reached.
Popovkin told Ekho Moskvy radio on Saturday that along with the ship Russia was seeking to acquire technologies that would help raise the level of domestic shipbuilding industries.
If a deal goes through, it would be the first foreign ship that Russia's Navy has bought in decades, and the first-ever from a NATO member nation.
Russia currently only has one Soviet-built aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, which has been plagued by mechanical problems and accidents.
First Published: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 15:42