EADS confirmed Sunday that Vneshtorgbank, a state-owned Russian bank, acquired a 5.02% stake in the aerospace giant. The holding in the Airbus parent company is valued at more than $1.1 billion. The bank acknowledged yesterday that it purchased the EADS stake, first reported late last month (ATWOnline, Aug. 30), but declined to say why. Some analysts speculated the move signaled a desire by Moscow to get more involved in Airbus aircraft programs. Others said Vneshtorgbank, which has talked ...

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