Russia’s Avtovaz will restart production in early June, RIA reports

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The logo of Lada is pictured on a car produced by the Russian automaker Avtovaz during the 2018 Moscow International Auto Salon in Moscow

(Reuters) – Russia’s top carmaker Avtovaz said it will resume production in early June, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the company’s new CEO.

The Lada-maker partially halted production in March due to a shortage of electronic parts, as the conflict in Ukraine and imposition of Western sanctions have disrupted Russian supply chains.

“At the beginning of next month we should launch production,” RIA Novosti quoted CEO Maxim Sokolov as saying on Tuesday.

French auto giant Renault struck a deal last week to sell its majority stake in Avtovaz to a Russian science institute, reportedly for the symbolic sum of just one rouble, with a six-year option to buy it back.

(Reporting by Reuters, Editing by Louise Heavens)