Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 13 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
Kazakhstan is committed to the agreements with Russia on Baikonur cosmodrome leasing, Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister Kairat Kelimbetov said at the meeting of Kazakh National Space Agency Kazcosmos, the agency reported on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, according to Kelimbetov, Kazakhstan will protect the national interests at the cosmodrome.
According to Kazcosmos, experts of the two countries and heads of Kazkosmos and Russian Space Agency Roscosmos are discussing the ways of further using the complex in a mutually acceptable way.
The Baikonur cosmodrome is the world's first and largest operational space launch facility. It is located in the desert steppe of Kazakhstan. It is leased by the Kazakh government to Russia (currently until 2050) and is managed jointly by the Russian Federal Space Agency and the Russian Space Forces. Under the current Russian space program, Baikonur remains a busy space port, with numerous commercial, military and scientific missions being launched annually.
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