Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 10 / Trend E. Kosolapov /
Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry has published a commentary on future cooperation with Russia at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday.
'As previously, Kazakhstan hopes to expand its participation in the cosmodrome's space activities and qualitative development of its space capabilities. Therefore, it would be wrong on our part to miss the opportunity to collaborate closely with such an important space power as Russia, at our own cosmodrome', the Foreign Ministry report said.
Kazakhstan is interested in fully using the existing potential to meet the needs of economy, the report said.
'We believe that in future, cooperation in space field will be even more efficient and productive for both Kazakhstan and Russia', the document says.
The Foreign Ministry report also noted that the presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia reiterated the importance of cooperation in the space field in Moscow on December 19.
'The two countries' leaders are aware of the importance of maintaining Baikonur as a symbol of our successful bilateral cooperation', the statement said.
Earlier, the head of Kazakhstan's space agency Kazkosmos Talgat Musabayev announced the development of a new agreement on Baikonur Cosmodrome's lease
"The head of state has set a task before us and discussed the issue with Vladimir Putin. It was agreed to consider developing a new comprehensive agreement on the Baikonur complex which could envisage termination of the lease," Musabayev said, speaking in the Majilis (lower house of Kazakh parliament) on 10 December last year.
The current agreement with Russia on Baikonur Cosmodrome's lease will expire in 2050.
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