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Russia mulls launch of helicopter maintenance centre in Serbia - report

Russia mulls launch of helicopter maintenance centre in Serbia - report Source: Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade

BELGRADE (Serbia), March 16 (SeeNews) – Russian and Serbian government officials discussed the potential launch of a maintenance centre for helicopters in Serbia, Moscow-based media reported on Thursday.

"We exchanged views on the mechanisms for the deployment in Serbia of a service centre for the maintenance and overhaul of Russian and Soviet-made helicopters in Central and Eastern Europe," news agency RIA Novosti quoted Russia's first deputy minister of industry and trade, Gleb Nikitin, as saying after an official visit to Belgrade. During the visit, Nikitin met with Serbian foreign minister Ivica Dacic and economy minister Goran Knezevic.

Moreover, Russia considers investments in one of Serbia's free economic zones and will participate in the privatisation of state-owned companies in the country, Nikitin said.

"We agreed to work on the implementation of industrial projects in the territory of one of the free economic zones of Serbia, which would serve as a basis for the development of foreign trade with EU countries," he explained. 

The Serbian government invited Russian companies to participate in the privatisation of state-owned stakes in more than 150 enterprises and decided to prepare a list of the most interesting objects and send it to Russia's ministry of industry and trade, the deputy minister pointed out.

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