Kremlin says Rusal, Nornickel merger is a corporate matter

July 6 (Reuters) - The Russian government said on Wednesday a possible merger between aluminium producer Rusal (RUAL.MM) and mining group Nornickel (GMKN.MM) was a matter for the two Russian metals companies.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a call that a merger between the two, which have both been hit hard by Western sanctions, was "a corporate matter".

Nornickel boss Vladimir Potanin told Russia's RBC TV channel on Tuesday that a merger between the two would create "a national champion".

Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Edmund Blair

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