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UPDATE 1-VTB bank may team up with a global trader to sell Russian grain

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MOSCOW, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Russia's VTB, which aims to become a national grains champion, may team up with a global trader to sell Russian grain directly to end consumers, a senior executive told Reuters.

Acquisitions by the state-controlled bank in 2019 made it the largest operator of Russia's grain export infrastructure and a grain trader. It is in talks to buy more assets.

"We are also considering a partnership with an international trader in order to sell Russian grain abroad directly to the final buyer," Yuri Soloviev, VTB's first deputy chief executive, said in an interview, without providing further details.

VTB is also looking at options to expand grain export capacity in Russia's part of the Black and Azov Seas, especially in the Black Sea ports of Novorossiisk and Taman, Soloviev said. (Reporting by Tatiana Voronova and Polina Devitt; Editing by Maria Kiselyova and Edmund Blair)