Mercedes opens new car, SUV fac­tory in Russia

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Ger­many’s Daim­ler AG has opened a new Mercedes fac­tory in Russia, part of a $281 mil­lion in­vest­ment it says will cre­ate 1,000 jobs.

CEO Di­eter Zetsche said Wed­nes­day the Moscow-area plant will pro­duce Mercedes sedans and SUVs for the lo­cal market, and is part of a strat­egy to move pro­duc­tion closer to cus­tomers.

Ger­many’s gov­ern­ment stressed the visit didn’t sig­nal a re­turn to busi­ness as usual.

Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s spokesman, St­ef­fen Seib­ert, said Ger­many’s po­si­tion on sanctions im­posed over Russia’s ac­tions in Ukraine hasn’t changed.

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