Baltika Breweries has insisted it has yet to make a decision on whether to set up a greenfield brewery in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk.

Russia's largest brewer cooled reports that it has given the go-ahead for the construction of the US$70m site.

A spokesman for Baltika told just-drinks today (21 November) that "no decision" has been made on the scheme. He added that negotiations with local government authorities in Novosibirsk are ongoing.

"It is such a long process - a final decision won't be made for several weeks," he said.

Baltika, which is owned by Baltic Beverages Holding, a joint venture between brewing giants Scottish & Newcastle and Carlsberg, already owns the Vena brewery in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

In all, Baltika runs ten breweries across Russia's nine time zones and has been busy this year integrating its operations across Russia.

The brewer, which holds around 36% of Russia's beer market, hopes to complete the integration by the end of the year.