Russia and Kazakhstan discuss strengthening of cooperation at Baikonur

Россия и Казахстан обсуждают укрепление сотрудничества на Байконуре

Russia and Kazakhstan discuss the possibility of strengthening the space sector, in terms of infrastructure and human capital, the parties are talking about the new launch complexes, joint projects at the Baikonur cosmodrome, said the foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrisov in an interview with the newspaper “Kommersant”.

“The two leaders — both Kazakhstan and Russia attach great importance to further cooperation in Baikonur between our countries. It is a huge complex and there are not only technical issues, there are socio-cultural, domestic and economic aspects”, — the newspaper quoted Idrissov.

Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan noted that the countries are discussing the possibility of strengthening the space sector both from the point of view of infrastructure, in terms of human capital within the framework of the intergovernmental Commission on Baikonur.

“Russia is not refusing to assist Kazakhstan in strengthening the space sector, and we are trying to find forms of this interaction: we are talking about the new launch complexes and on joint projects and on cooperation with third countries on a commercial basis — all of this work. Our task is to find those niches where Kazakhstan could increase and strengthen its space capabilities, technologically and from the point of view of human capital, and at the same time serve as an important basis for strengthening the space of Russian power. That is, our bilateral instrument,” — said Idrissov.

The Vostochny cosmodrome is being built near the city of Tsiolkovsky (formerly the village of Uglegorsk) in the Amur region in 2012. He will become the first national cosmodrome of civilian purposes and will ensure independent access of Russia into space. Historic first launch of the carrier rocket “Soyuz-2.1 a” with the East with three satellites was successfully performed on 28 April 2016.