25 Jun 2010 16:21

FAS drafting questions for new Uralkali owners

MOSCOW. June 25 (Interfax) - The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has questions for Suleiman Kerimov, Alexander Nesis and Filaret Galchev, who recently became beneficiaries of a 52%-stake in Russian potash miner Uralkali , FAS chief Igor Artemiyev told reporters.

At this stage, when none of the three partners is buying more than 25% plus one share, "our consent is not needed," Artemiyev said. Kerimov himself bought 25%.

But he said the FAS was concerned about an agreement on their possible joint management of the controlling stake in Uralkali. "We're drafting our inquiry and sending it to them" he said, adding that the FAS would try and ascertain whether a further agreement existed to consolidate the use of the shares.