WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Russian aircraft company Beriev needs to be sure of the durability and integrity of the US-Russia partnership in order to move forward with production and sale of its Be-200 planes, Russia's trade representative to the United States Alexander Stadnik told Sputnik.
"The United States is greatly interested in Russia’s Beriev Be-200 aircraft," Stadnik stated on Thursday. "Yet, we need political stability which translates into confidence that our large investments are well-protected."
As a result of the fact that the Be-200 aircraft has already obtained certification in Europe, the process may be simplified in the United States.
"I believe, we can begin the deliveries in 2018," Stadnik noted.
In 2012, TTE International Inc., a US company, signed a deal to buy ten Be-200 aircraft. The company’s President David Baskett stated the aircraft would be used under US federal and firefighting contracts.