Ukraine signs deal with France to buy 55 Airbus helicopters

Ukraine signed a preliminary agreement on Friday with France to buy 55 helicopters from a division of Airbus to be used by the police, border guards and emergency services.

The deal was announced during a visit to Kiev by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who underlined French support for Ukraine in its standoff with Russia but also urged the authorities to do more to tackle corruption at home.

The visit comes at a time when France may follow Britain’s lead in taking measures against Russia in retaliation for a nerve agent attack on British soil against a Russian spy.

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