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Russian Deputy PM Assails Aeroflot's Man. Utd. Deal

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has criticized state-controlled Aeroflot's sponsorship of English soccer club Manchester United.

Rogozin said on his Twitter account that the deal appeared to show the firm favored international over domestic interests.

He said he might invite Aeroflot's management for "an intimate talk" on the deal.

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Earlier in July, Aeroflot signed a five-year contract for an undisclosed sum with the English football club, in a deal the airline's chief executive said would promote Aeroflot's brand worldwide.

President Vladimir Putin has urged the airline to invest in domestic aircraft, and Rogozin said on July 30 on Twitter that "state-owned companies should buy Russian aircraft."

He said he would meet aircraft producers and buyers in mid-August.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax