Ukrainian “Antonov” seeks cooperation with Russia, through Belarus

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The Ukrainian state enterprise Antonov is negotiating a deal with the Minsk Civil Aviation Plant No. 407. The parties plan to set up a service center in Belarus, which will be able to service, repair and assemble the AN-148/158 aircraft. As a reminder, the main Antonov aircraft factory closed in Ukraine in 2017. President Putin described it as “the intellectual potential” of the country, and it was a pity to see it shut down.

 

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Antonov refused to provide details, but it is clear that the joint venture will be able to circumvent the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, in 2014. Due to limitations in military-technical cooperation with Russia, Antonov currently can not produce aircraft, even if the factory remained open. The share of Russian components was up to 50 percent on each “An” airplane.

Source Vesti
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