Qatar interest lifts VTB stock

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SHARES in Russian bank VTB shot up as much as five per cent yesterday after reports that Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund is preparing to invest up to $3.5bn (£2.3bn).

VTB, which has offices in Moscow, London New York and Singapore, is said to be in the final stages of talks with the Qatar Investment Authority about a cash injection.

Neither firm responded to a request for comment yesterday.

VTB has expressed an interest in issuing equity this year, as the Russian government gets ready to reduce its stake in the bank.