Russia and France was signed on Friday a contract for $ 1.6 billion for the delivery of two French helicopter of the "Mistral". This is the first purchase of Russian heavy weapons from the state, which is part of NATO.
The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Negotiating the sale of the ships were from 2009, but postponed because of disputes about what military technologies can be transferred to Russia.
Russia says the ships will be based in the Pacific.
It also indicates that in the future possible purchase of two more Russian ships of this type, which, however, will be done on Russian, not French shipyards.
Reports of buying has already reacted to the U.S. Congress.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who heads the U.S. Congress Foreign Relations Committee, released a statement on Friday condemning the sale of ships "Mistral" in Russia.
"I am very concerned that France is our ally in NATO, has decided to ignore the obvious danger of selling Russian warships while Moscow is increasingly hostile stance toward the United States, its socedyam and Europe. Many of our allies in the region, Georgia and the Baltic countries, for example, have already experienced cyber attacks, severe economic pressure and even invasion by Russia, "- said Ros-Lehtinen.
"Arming our opponents to get a cash benefit or a mirage for cooperation, which will never become a reality, is a huge mistake," - said kongressvumen.
In a statement Ros-Lehtinen also said: "The sale of such weapons as the Russian warships" Mistral "is our concern and the fact that Russia was selling weapons to countries like Iran and Syria. Ongoing assistance to Moscow in the development of Iran's nuclear program and attempts to neutralize the efforts of the Russian leadership of NATO in terms of missile defense and to strengthen Russia's ties with Cuba, Venezuela and other opponents of the United States makes this country an unacceptable partner in military cooperation. "
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen urged the U.S. administration to hold talks with NATO allies and EU countries in order to initiate the termination of sales of Russian arms, which can be used against U.S. interests.