[FPSPACE] Space is a priority says president Putin
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Tue Apr 27 08:01:50 EDT 2004
> PRESIDENT PUTIN NAMES SPACE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT AMONG TOP PRIORITIES
> MOSCOW, April 27 (RIA Novosti) - Space research must be conducted
> dynamically in Russia, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with
> Russia's aerospace sector managers in the Kremlin on Tuesday.
> Space industry "can promote the development of other sectors of the
> economy and become a tool to resolve many burning problems, like the
> establishment of the single information space in Russia, the
> development of telecommunications and navigation systems," said the
> Mr Putin also emphasised it necessary to ensure an efficient
> prospecting and use of natural resources and raise the accuracy of
> natural calamity forecasts.
> "Russia's space research achievements must help Russian regions,
> promoting their economic growth and the development of information
> technology," said the president.
> "We are witnessing a briskly growing demand for the results of space
> efforts. However, demand is outstripping supply." Space research is a
> crucial factor for the country's development, according to the head of
> state. The president emphasised that activities in space ensured
> Russia's status of a high technology country and promoted its national
> security, economic growth and greater competitiveness.
> "Russia's geographic and geopolitical situation, its vast territories
> and the longitudinal extent of its borders call for an efficient use
> and the development of its economic potential," said Mr Putin.
> When speaking about international cooperation in outer space, the
> president said it focused on achieving far-reaching goals in the
> economic, scientific, environmental and humanitarian spheres.
> Federal Space Agency Director Anatoly Perminov, who was present at the
> meeting, requested President Putin to task the defence ministry, and
> the industry and energy ministry to prepare a resolution on the
> minimum number of Russian spacecraft in orbit for the period of time
> till 2010.
> Mr Perminov also spoke out in favour of the further state financing of
> the Baikonur cosmodrome (which is being leased from Kazakhstan), which
> launches 65%-70% of all Russian spacecraft.
> Besides, Mr Perminov suggested that the Federal Space Agency retain
> the possibility of settling issues related to space launches from
> Baikonur with central and regional authorities.
> Mr Perminov also believes that the agency should preserve the right to
> directly deal with other countries' national space agencies. He
> reported on a total of 70 space projects between Russia and other
> countries. More specifically Russia is implementing 22 space projects
> with Europe, 24 projects with China and the United States, 7 with
> India and 6 with Japan.
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