ST PETERSBURG, June 5 (Reuters) - Russia’s second largest lender VTB is considering buying a stake in Russia’s Taman port grain terminal, first deputy chief executive Yuri Soloviev said on Wednesday.
The state-controlled bank wants to create a vertically-integrated player on the grain market, he said, adding that this would support the expansion of the Russian grain market’s export potential. VTB has been expanding its holdings in grain infrastructure in recent months.
Earlier Russian daily RBC reported that VTB was discussing the acquisition of a 50% stake in Taman grain terminal from Ukraine’s agricultural firm Kernel. (Reporting by Tatiana Voronova; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Maria Kiselyova)