Ukraine allows Azerbaijan's Bakcell to buy Vodafone Ukraine

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Ukraine's anti-monopoly committee said in a statement on Thursday it had granted Azerbaijan's Bakcell mobile operator permission to go ahead with a deal that may result in its acquisition of the Vodafone Ukraine mobile operator.

Corrects spelling to Vodafone

KIEV, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Ukraine's anti-monopoly committee said in a statement on Thursday it had granted Azerbaijan's Bakcell mobile operator permission to go ahead with a deal that may result in its acquisition of the Vodafone Ukraine mobile operator.

Bakcell has been granted permission to buy more than 50% of Netherlands firm Preludium B.V., via which Russian telecommunications firm MTS MTSS.MM owns Vodafone Ukraine, Ukraine's second-largest mobile operator, the statement said.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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