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Sistema row could have 'great repercussion': Russia

Last Updated: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 23:11

New Delhi: Russia on Sunday said the row over its telecom firm Sistema in India will have "great repercussion" not only on bilateral cooperation but also for foreign investments in the country.

Expressing this view, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin hoped a solution that is acceptable to both parties can be reached in the wake of cancellation of Sistema's 2G licences.

"This is a big project involving USD 3 billion, some part of which is state money. It is not possible to renew the terms when the contract is concluded. The Sistema contract was concluded based on Indian laws," he told reporters here ahead of the Inter-Governmental Commission meeting on Monday.

Rogozin said the problems in Sistema's investments in India will have "great repercussion" for future cooperation not only of Russian partners but also flow of foreign funds into the country.

Russia had previously said it will not let Sistema's USD 3.1 billion investment in its Indian telecom venture go waste due to "internal problems" here.

Sistema holds 56.68 percent stake in Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd, whose 21 out of 22 licences were cancelled by the Indian Supreme Court in February on the grounds that the 122 permits issued by the then Telecom Minister A Raja were "arbitrary and unconstitutional". The Russian government holds 17.14 percent stake in SSTL

First Published: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 23:11
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