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Still no compesation from Russia for Proton-M crash

05 march 2014, 20:29
The fall of Proton-M rocket at Baikonur. ©RIA Novosti
The fall of Proton-M rocket at Baikonur. ©RIA Novosti
Russia is still considering the amount of damages requested by Kazakhstan to compensate the environmental harm caused by the Proton-M carrier rocket crash, Tengrinews reports.

"We calculated the compensation amount and invoiced Russia; now it is Roscosmos's turn to respond. We are keeping in touch with Roscosmos about the damage compensation issue," Nurlan Kapparov, Minister of Environment and Water Resources, said.

Russia’s Proton-M carrier rocket [equipped with a DM-3 booster] carrying three Glonass-M navigation satellites crashed right after the lift-off falling back to Kazakhstan-based Baikonur cosmodrome on July 2, 2013.

Kazakhstan estimated the damage caused by the accident at 13.5 billion tenge ($89.5 million). The calculations were sent to the Russian Federal Space Agency -- Roscosmos -- via a diplomatic channel for consideration and compensation of the environmental damages. Later, Russia said that Roscosmos would conduct its own evaluation and tests to check the calculations.

By Renat Tashkinbayev

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