YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — French President Francois Hollande says he has still not decided on whether France will deliver a Mistral-class warship to Russia amid growing speculation that he could choose to refund it.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey said on Friday that it rejected and condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin calling the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide. "Considering the mass killings, exiles...that Russia has carried out in the Caucasus, Central Asia and in eastern Europe over the past century...we think it should be the one that knows best what a genocide is and what its legal dimensions are," a foreign ministry statement said. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations aid chief urged the Security Council on Friday to impose an arms embargo and sanctions in Syria for violations of humanitarian law as special envoy Angelina Jolie pleaded with council members to visit millions of Syrian refugees. The aid official, Valerie Amos, also appealed to the council to mandate the United Nations' commission of inquiry on Syria to specifically investigate besieged areas, the militarization of schools and hospitals and attacks on those facilities. The United Nations says about 440,000 people are besieged in Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year.
YEREVAN/PARIS (Reuters) - No decision has yet been taken on the future of France's suspended contract to deliver Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, French President Francois Hollande said on Friday after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin. "As far as the Mistral is concerned I have set the terms. Separately, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron told Reuters in Paris the French government would make sure the companies and workers involved were not affected. Earlier on Friday a Russian source close to the talks said Russia and France were close to an agreement for Paris to cancel the contract and reimburse Moscow.
Yerevan (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande said Friday after talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that no decision has been reached on settling a row over the sale of two French warships.