Remember when France started discussing the possibility of selling its Mistral helicopter carrier ships to Russia? Georgia and its defenders in the West flipped out. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said that if Russia "gets tanks, ships, missiles—technology which he's also shopping for—then we are getting into a very, very risky zone."
And several American senators officially complained to France. Reported The Cable at the time:
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, put forward a bill calling on the Obama administration to try to stop the potential sale. The Russians are in violation of the agreement struck after last year's Georgian war, the bill asserts, along with several other concerns.
Now, as expected, senators are weighing in. Six senators, all from the GOP, have signed a letter to French Amb. H.E. Pierre Vimont outlining their concerns with the sale.
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