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    The French aerospace industry hopes to continue cooperation with their Russian colleagues despite the current tensions between Moscow and some Western countries.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — France hopes to secure increased aerospace engineering collaboration with Russia despite the apparent deterioration of relations between Russia and the West, Paris Air Show chairman Emeric d'Arcimoles said Tuesday.

    The European Union, the United States and a number of their allies imposed economic sanctions on Russia last year, after the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea rejoined Russia in March 2014 following a referendum.

    "Today's environment cannot create obstacles for [our] cooperation with the Russian aerospace industry. We will find the answers to all the questions. The French aerospace industry wants to continue cooperation with that of Russia," d'Arcimoles told journalists in Moscow.

    Earlier on Tuesday, d'Arcimoles said that French companies are looking to help Russia's Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer to modernize their Superjet 100 airliner.

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    Paris Air Show managing director Gilles Fournier said during the same press conference that 42 countries are expected to take part in this year's show, due to be held at the Le Bourget Airport on June 15-21.

    Fournier added that Russia will send a larger delegation this year than in 2013, when the Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet made its debut at a Western show.

    As of now more than 20 Russian companies, including the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos and state-run arms trader Rosoboronexport, are among the 2015 exhibitors, according to the show's official website.

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