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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yasin May Discuss Fokker on Visit

Economics Minister Yevgeny Yasin may have talks with Dutch officials on the acquisition of bankrupt planemaker Fokker by a Russian aviation group during his current visit to Amsterdam, his aide said Monday.

"Yasin arrived today in Amsterdam to participate in an international investments seminar and ... he could have meetings to discuss the Fokker deal," Yasin's aide Galina Trubetskaya said.

Formal talks on Fokker are not on Yasin's schedule, she said. But RIA Novosti news agency said Yasin planned to meet Dutch Economic Affairs Minister Hans Wijers to discuss the deal.

South Korea's Samsung Aerospace Industries is seen as the leading contender to buy Fokker, but both sides have said no deal has yet been agreed.

Russian planemaker Yakovlev said in April it was interested in buying Fokker, and Yakovlev officials have visited the Netherlands for talks on a possible acquisition.

But Yakovlev Vice-President Arkady Gurtovoi was still in Moscow on Monday, his aide said. Gurtovoi was not available immediately for comment. In July, the company said it intended to buy Fokker for 370 million guilders ($217.6 million).

A group of Russian government experts recommended in September that the Russian government back an acquisition. But the cabinet must still take a final decision on the proposal.

It is not clear how Yakovlev would fund an acquisition.

On Monday, a spokesman for the court-appointed administrators denied agreement had been reached with Samsung and said he expected developments Tuesday.

The administrators have previously told the staff of Fokker, which went bankrupt in March, that the deadline for a rescue plan is the end of this month.