Apple Considering Opening R&D Facility in Russia’s Skolkovo Innovation Centre?

Earlier this month, we reported that Apple is preparing a major R&D facility in Israel. Russian newspaper Izvestia reports [Google translation] that the organizers behind the Skolkovo technology park near Moscow are apparently talking with a numerous of notable tech companies including Apple, Google, and Facebook about locating research and development facilities in the area.

Skolkovo has already closed deals with Microsoft, IBM, General Electric, Cisco, and others. The project’s supporters’ vision is to make this Russia’s version of Silicon Valley created by dozens of major corporations.

According to the report, Apple officials in Moscow declined to comment on the claims, but Skolkovo executive Roman Romanovsky indicated that the two sides are interested in negotiating about possibilities. However, no deal is expected to be imminent. Romanovsky hopes that the talks will eventually lead to an agreement.



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