A French-built warship is on its way to Russia where it will undergo sea trials before joining the Russian fleet and, who knows, perhaps see service in the Black Sea. As the AP reports:

A French-built warship designed to strengthen Russia’s ability to deploy troops, tanks and helicopter gunships is getting its first test run Wednesday — just as Western powers are trying to rein in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military threat to Ukraine.

A spokesman for the shipbuilder says the Vladivostok helicopter carrier is setting sail from the French Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire. A few hundred kilometers away in Paris, France’s government is hosting American, Russian and other leading world diplomats Wednesday amid mounting tensions over Ukraine.

Recalling Lenin’s line about capitalists, rope, and hangings. Except the French aren’t capitalists.

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