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Russian Mobile Operator MTS Won’t Offer Apple’s IPhone 5

OAO Mobile TeleSystems, Russia’s biggest mobile-phone operator, won’t offer the newest version of Apple Inc.’s iPhone for the first time since the handset went on sale in the country in 2008.

“We don’t have a contract with Apple currently,” said Valeria Kuzmenko, a spokeswoman for MTS, one of the two main iPhone distributors in Russia. The previous contract expired in October and the company won’t offer Apple’s iPhone 5 when the device goes on sale in Russia on Dec. 14. Kuzmenko declined to elaborate, citing a confidentiality agreement. Apple spokeswoman Irina Efremova said she couldn’t comment immediately.