25 January 2013, 14:10

Moscow, Astana share no major differences on Baikonur – Lavrov

Moscow, Astana share no major differences on Baikonur – Lavrov

Moscow and Astana have no major differences on the use of the Baikonur space centre. This came in a statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following his talks with his Kazakh counterpart Yerlan Idrisov.

That was the way the Russian topmost diplomat commented on reports that Russia has sent a note to Kazakhstan due to Astana’s decision to cut down on the number of Proton carrier-rocket launches from 17 to 12 from Baikonur this year, according to the Voice of Russia correspondent.

Lavrov feels that those who made public that information clearly sought to make a mountain out of a molehill.

A number of media reported Thursday that the two sides may end their cooperation in all joint projects concerning space flights due to the limitation of Russian rocket launches.

Moscow and Astana have been jointly using Baikonur since 1999. In 2004, Russia’s lease of the space centre was prolonged until 2050.

Voice of Russia

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