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Antonov says ready to help NATO, EU with airlifting

Russia's Volga-Dnepr Airlines is considering pulling out of the SALIS programme.

Ukraine is prepared to offer its capacity to international partners to ensure strategic airlifting for NATO and the EU, the state-owned company Antonov said in a statement on 25 April. 

Ukraine is presenting the world's largest transport aircraft An-225 Mriya with the lifting capacity of 250 tonnes at the ILA Berlin Air Show opening today.

"Since the Russian company Volga-Dnepr is considering leaving the Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS) programme, Antonov is ready to offer a full range of services to countries participating in this programme and guarantee the required number of the An-124-100 Ruslan and the An-225 Mriya to carry out strategic airlifting in the interests of NATO and the EU," the statement reads.

Antonov, Ukraine's leading aviation designer and manufacturer, is taking part in the show on the invitation of the ILA organization committee. The company has been part of the state-owned defence concern Ukroboronpromm since 2015.

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