MOSCOW, April 2 (Mobile phone firms MTS
and Vimpelcom remain interested in Tele2's
Russian unit even after the Nordic operator said a sale to
Russian state bank VTB was closed.
A source familiar with the MTS-Vimpelcom offer to Tele2 said
on Tuesday the pair was still interested in the asset and was
considering all options. "MTS and Vimpelcom are being
proactive," the source told Reuters.
MTS and Vimpelcom, ranked first and third on the Russian
market, offered $4 billion to $4.25 billion for Tele2 Russia
last week, outbidding VTB's agreed purchase for $3.5 billion.
Tele2 defended the deal, saying it included provisions under
which it would for 12 months after closing have rights to half
of net cash profits obtained by VTB from certain types of
transfers of Tele2 Russia shares and assets.