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Latvijas Avize - Latvia | 12/11/2015

No Russian jets for Air Baltic

German businessman Ralf-Dieter Montag-Girmes wants to acquire 20 percent of the state-owned Latvian airline Air Baltic, and has said he is in favour of buying Superjet 100 planes produced by the Russian company Sukhoi. The national-conservative daily Latvijas avīze worries the move would help the wrong side: "The Russian holding Sukhoi produces fighter planes, bombers and passenger jets. Even Russia's President Putin wrote in his dissertation that the company's job wasn't just to make money but also to represent Russia's national interests. In view of Russia's aggression in our eastern neighbouring countries and the threats against the Baltic states, it stands to reason that we shouldn't support the Russian military industry by buying planes from Sukhoi. ... But the national airline Air Baltic is in such a profound crisis that the country is desperate for investors. And by the looks of it, national security considerations will be taking a back seat."

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