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    RUSSIA RETAINS GOOD CHANCE FOR BRAZILIAN FIGHTER TENDER

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    BRASILIA, February 19. (RIA Novosti correspondent Vladimir Stepanov). Russia retains very good chance to win a tender for fighter delivery to the Brazilian air forces, considers Boris Aleshin, a deputy chairman of the Russian Government.

    Mr Aleshin came up with this information in an interview with RIA Novosti on Wednesday night commenting on the results of his talks with the Brazilian vice-president Jose Alenkar, the Foreign Minister Selso Amorin, and the Industry, Development and Foreign Trade Minister Luis Fernando Furlan.

    The tender "was discussed almost in every room, where I was present", informed Mr Aleshin. "The fighter tender should be considered not from political or other points of view, but based on the competitiveness itself", considers the vice-premier.

    Here Mr Aleshin drew parallels with Brazilian meat delivery to Russia. The vice-premier said it was "competitive in price, quality, ecology" and "in all respects was more attractive than the products from other countries". He said that the limitation of Brazilian meat delivery with quotas was "in certain sense historically unjust". Mr Aleshin promised that this year Brazil would be able to deliver its meat and "this delivery would fully meet Brazilian intentions".

    The Russian vice-premier believes that if Russia "sticks to the principles of free competition, so should our Brazilian counterparts".

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