MINSK Belarus has cut the price of its 51 percent stake in a mobile joint venture with Russian group MTS (MBT.N) as it scheduled a new attempt to sell the asset for February 6.
Belarus set a starting price of $863 million for the controlling stake in its biggest mobile operator, the country's state property committee said on Wednesday, compared with $1 billion it sought previously.
The committee is accepting bids through February 5, it said.
MTS, which owns the other 49 percent in the venture, had earlier expressed interest in buying out the Belarussian state, but considered the price too high. It declined to comment on Wednesday when asked if it would bid in the February auction.
(Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky and Anastasia Teterevleva; Writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Louise Heavens)