French president upbeat about prospects for sale of two warships after deal with Russia was formally ended.
France will fully refund Russia for the two helicopter carriers, for which Moscow made an advance payment of about €840m.
Senior Kremlin official says 'everything has been decided' over how much France will pay Russia for non-delivery of two Mistral warships.
Delivery of first helicopter carrier was due last year but deal was put on hold after Russia’s role in Ukraine crisis led to EU sanctions.
Jean-Yves Le Drian's comments came days after President Hollande said France would postpone handover of first ship because of Ukraine crisis.
France says conditions are 'not right' for delivery of first of two Mistral navy assault ships, blaming Moscow's recent actions in Ukraine.
A mass of grey steel, the superstructure of the French-built Vladivostok looms over Saint-Nazaire where Russian sailors receive training.
Around 400 Russian sailors are in France for training on warship that France is selling to Russia despite US concern over Ukraine crisis.
Despite calls from US and other nations to scrap or suspend deal, France will train Russian sailors later this month in how to operate new ships.
Though US wants France to delay or scrap €1.2 billion contract, French officials say ending contact would harm Paris more than Moscow.
French president says deal over sale of two Mistral warships was signed back in 2011 and will be completed in October despite Ukraine crisis.