Russian firms to discuss planned tax hike with First Deputy PM Belousov next week -sources

MOSCOW, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Russian metals and fertiliser companies plan to meet with First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov next week to discuss a planned mineral extraction tax hike, two sources with knowledge of the meeting told Reuters.

One source said the meeting would take place on Tuesday, after the firms on Thursday were unable to convince the finance ministry to change its plans.

Russia is considering raising taxes affecting some mining companies, tobacco sales and the oil industry, officials said on Wednesday, in Moscow’s latest attempt to plug holes in its budget.

The finance ministry declined immediate comments. (Reporting by Anastasia Lyrchikova, Gleb Stolyarov and Darya Korsunskaya; Writing by Alexander Marrow Editing by Katya Golubkova)