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Russia to build aircraft plant in Azerbaijan capital

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Russia plans to open a helicopter center and aircraft assembly plant in Azerbaijan's capital, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was quoted by Russian news agency Tass as saying.

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"There are many planes and helicopters of the Soviet and Russian make in Azerbaijan," Rogozin was quote

d as saying. "So, they will be modernized and serviced in Azerbaijan." The country is interested in buying Russian MC-21 planes and Russia is seeking to sign a contract with Baku for 10 of the aircraft early next year. Azerbaijan is also interested in purchasing An-124 aircraft, Rogozin said.

The news came as trilateral talks took place this week in Baku between Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the Russia-Azerbaijan relationship has "become a strategic partnership not just on paper but in reality."

"It is very good to see that are ties are greatly diversified now, developing in different areas," Putin said in a Kremlin transcript of the meeting.

Both countries are interested in Russia as an exporter of high-quality weapons, Rogozin was quoted by Tass as saying.

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