* Czech Railways says needs money for internal links
* Paper says Deutsche Bahn opted out of Czech coop talks
* Siemens sees no impact on order backlog
(Adds Siemens comment)
PRAGUE, April 27 State-owned Czech Railways has
backed away from plans to buy 16 Viaggio Comfort trains from
Siemens worth 5 billion crowns ($265.94 million), a
spokesman for the Czech firm said on Friday.
"Czech Railways needs the money for internal links,"
spokesman Radek Joklik said.
The announcement comes shortly after a report in the daily
newspaper E15 on Friday that Deutsche Bahn opted against talks
with Czech Railways for cooperation on a German rail link,
citing a Deutsche Bahn spokesman.
It would instead talk with privately-held Student Agency, a
relatively new player in the liberalising Czech rail market.
Deutsche Bahn could not be reached for comment.
Czech Railways denied the end of talks with Deutsche Bahn
was the reason for pulling away from the Siemens purchase.
A spokesman for Siemens said the loss of the contract would
not have any impact on the German engineering conglomerate's
order backlog as it only constituted an option rather than a
($1 = 18.8011 Czech crowns)
(Reporting by Robert Mueller; additional reporting by Jens
Hack; editing by James Jukwey)