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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Thyssenkrupp will carefully evaluate any potential pension deal by Tata Steel before advancing with a hoped-for merger of both groups' European steel businesses, the German company's finance chief said on Thursday.
"Quality comes before time."
Britain's Sky News reported on Wednesday that Tata Steel was on the brink of detaching its 15 billion-pound ($19.45 billion) British Steel pension fund from its UK operations, a precondition for any merger deal with Thyssenkrupp to happen.
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(Reporting by Christoph Steitz and Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Maria Sheahan)