*sees decision on Russian van production by yr-end
* Says Mercedes van unit margin goal at 9 pct from 2013
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STUTTGART, July 28 (Reuters) - German carmakeris in talks with Russia's Kamaz and other companies about possibly making vans in the country, the head of the German carmaker's Mercedes-Benz van unit said on Wednesday.
A decision is expected to be made by end of this year, Volker Mornhinweg said.
"We look at Russia as a very interesting growth market in the medium term," he told reporters.
"We are in talks with possible partners," he said, adding one of them is Kamaz, which is already a Daimler partner on making and selling trucks in Russia.
The market volume for mid-size and big vans was around 87,000 units in 2009 and the volume could reach 300,000 units in in 2020, he said.
He said the operating margin target for the van unit was 9 percent from 2013.
He said Daimler would like to continue its van partnership withdespite the partnership Daimler is setting up with .