Russia is not going to give up the use of its Baikonur cosmodrome (situated in Kazakhsatn), said Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov.
"Russia has taken course at well-balanced development of cosmodromes on its territory, but it will not leave the Baikonur cosmodrome," the defence minister said at a news conference Wednesday.
According to him, this cosmodrome has played a key role in ensuring guaranteed access and permanent presence of Russia in the space. The minister stressed that the cosmodrome's infrastructure and its staff of high-qualified specialists "determine its leading role in the design and development of promising rocket-space complexes." "Russia's future is impossible without the space," the minister stressed. "For us the space means defence, communications, economy and science in the broadest range of avenues."