Azerbaijan, Baku, April 9 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
The Baikonur remains Russia's main cosmodrome, Russian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Mikhail Bocharnikov said at the opening of the 'Kazakhstan - space port' exhibition in Astana, Kazinform reported.
"Russia is expanding space activities, we have started working on creation of Vostochny cosmodrome. But Baikonur remains the main cosmodrome for us," Bocharnikov said.
The ambassador noted the close partnership between Russia and Kazakhstan on Baikonur which is envisaged by the bilateral agreement for the period up to 2050.
"These agreements ...lay the groundwork for Kazakhstan's involvement into the international space activities and its joining the space-faring nations, " he said.
The measures aimed at Kazakhstan's joining the space-faring nations and its involvement in the global space activities are among the most important issues of the Kazakh-Russian cooperation, Bocharnikov said.
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.