Russian tycoon says no comment on Independent buy report

MOSCOW, June 11 (Reuters) - Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev declined to comment on Thursday when asked about a report in the Wall Street Journal that he is in talks to buy the Independent newspaper from publisher Independent News & Media's INME.I.

The Journal cited a person familiar with the situation as saying that the talks were underway but that nothing was yet decided.

“I cannot comment right now,” Lebedev told Reuters by telephone when asked about the report. “I am having a drink of whisky with an old friend so I am not able to comment.”

An advisor to Lebedev declined comment. A spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Gleb Bryanski)

((, +7 495 775 12 42)) Keywords: INDEPENDENT/RUSSIA

C Reuters 2009. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution ofReuters content, including by caching, framing or similar means, is expresslyprohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters and the Reuterssphere logo are registered trademarks and trademarks of the Reuters group ofcompanies around the world.nLB148932