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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kremlin Resolves Baikonur Issue




President Vladimir Putin and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a new agreement Monday on the use of the cosmodrome at Baikonur.


Prime-Tass quoted Nazarbayev as saying the two sides had agreed to work together at Baikonur, the main Russian launch site and a rare thorn in the side in relations between the two former Soviet states.


"This is our first victory," Nazarbayev said, adding that any problems over the cosmodrome had been solved during his meeting with Putin in the Kremlin.


Putin said there would be cooperation over the space station for many years. "The Kazakh side will increase its participation in scientific work, in the training of personnel and in ensuring the safety of the cosmodrome," Putin said.


Putin also accepted a proposal to start a fund to support the Russian language in the Commonwealth of Independent States.


"Russia is like bread in Kazakhstan, it is needed every day," Nazarbayev said in televised comments.