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Sberbank Scraps Plan to Buy Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank, CEO Gref Says

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Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- OAO Sberbank scrapped a plan to buy BTA Bank, Kazakhstan’s biggest before its default in 2009, said German Gref, chief executive officer at Russia’s largest lender.

“For now we don’t see an opportunity to acquire this bank,” Gref told reporters today in the Kazakh capital, Astana. “There’s a set of reasons for it. Primarily it’s linked to how we see our strategy on the Kazakh market.”

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