Russia will purchase two Airbus jets for its leadership in a deal worth $235 million with a European aircraft manufacturer despite promises to help its own struggling aeronautical industry.
The Russian government announced on Thursday it is buying two Airbus A319ACJs from EADS, headquartered in Toulouse, France, as well as building two Russian Ilyushin Il-96-300 airliners for President Dmitry Medvedev.
The entire deal, including the building of four Mi-8 MTV-1 helicopters, will cost the Kremlin's property department 18.6 billion rubles ($652.6 million).
Last year, Kremlin property manager Vladimir Kozhin said Russia may buy Ukraine's Antonov An-158 jet for the Russian leadership, and was eyeing the purchase of Sukhoi's most up-to-date Superjet 100 airliners.
MOSCOW, March 31 (RIA Novosti)
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- suhailRussian PMresident must use only planes made by Russia .15:17, 31/03/2011Medvedev has certainly sold out Russia.A President's airplane is his office in the sky.It is a country's national pride and icon.The US President has a Boeing 747 as his Presidential plane,the French Premier has an Airbus 319 and Dassault falcons as his Presidential transport.That means to say that these two major plane manufacturing countries have their leaders flying in the planes manufactures by them.Iran's Premier will start using yt the AN 140 as his Presidential craft once it is made.Brazil's leadership too will start using the Embraer planes.The Indian Premier too will start using a plane jointly made by Russia and India as his Presidential aircraft.The same holds true about China's Premiership too.So,it is not good of Medvedev to have aircrafts made by other countries as his presidential air transport.Medvedev shouldn't use the French planes as his Presidential air transport.He could use the TU 204-300 as his Presidential airtansport.
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