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Intergovernmental committee for Baikonur to sit in March 2013

29 января 2013, 23:15
Baikonur. ©REUTERS
Baikonur. ©REUTERS
A sitting of the intergovernmental committee around Baikonur has been scheduled for March 2013. January 30 Russia’s First Vice PM Igor Shuvalov and Kazakhstan’s Vice PM Kairat Kelimbetov are expected to meet to discuss preparation for the sitting, RIA Novosti reports, citing Mr. Shuvalov’s secretariat.

Earlier a number of media had reported that Russia and Kazakhstan might terminate space cooperation over restriction of the number of Russia’s launches from Baikonur. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s note read that the official Moscow would revisit its stance on further cooperation within joint projects, including Dnepr and Baiterek projects.

However, January 25 when commenting on the note sent by his Ministry to Kazakhstan in relation to the reduced number of Proton carrier rocket launches from Baikonur, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “I wouldn’t tag the situation a dispute (…) There is nothing outstanding in exchange of notes. Exchange of notes is a regular practice on a wide range of issues that are likely to arise given the large scale of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia”.

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister supported his counterpart, saying that “there is no scandal, no sensation, no rows between Kazakhstan and Russia over Baikonur. I’ve seen many comments and keen interest of the media (…) misleading stories have been multiplied. I even saw some headlines stating that Baikonur is an apple of discord between Kazakhstan and Russia. I want to emphasize that nobody can have Russia and Kazakhstan having rows”.
“January 30, Mr. Shuvalov and Mr. Kelimbetov, the two co-chairmen of the intergovernmental committees for economic cooperation and for space cooperation will focus on a number of issues, including preparation for the sitting of the space committee in March 2013”, the statement reads.

Earlier Erlan Idrissov, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister, said that Vice PM Kelimbetov’s visit to Russia “is not an urgent measure related to the tension over Baikonur, but rather a visit planned long ago”.

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