World Bulletin / News Desk
Ukraine's main plane maker told US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday that he may want to purchase one of its jets after he called Boeing's version of Air Force One too costly.
"@realDonaldTrump May be it is better to consider #Antonov aircraft as Air Force One?" the plane maker asked.
Trump tweeted on Tuesday that "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!"
Boeing later explained that no such contract existed and that it had only received $170 million from the White House "to determine the capabilities" of a new presidential fleet.
Antonov may best be known for being the maker of the Mriya -- the world's largest cargo jet.
Former Soviet Ukraine is a strong US ally but is also concerned by Trump's recent praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Kiev blames the Kremlin for plotting and backing a 31-month pro-Russian separatist war in the east of Ukraine that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives and plunged Moscow's relations with the West to a post-Cold War low.
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