AMUR OBLAST, 12 April (BelTA) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called the talks with his Belarusian counterpart Aleksandr Lukashenko at the Vostochny Cosmodrome important and symbolic. He told this to the media after the meeting on 12 April, BelTA has learned.
The Russian leader noted that the meeting was held on Cosmonautics Day. The first manned space flight took place and opened the era of space exploration 61 years ago. “I consider it important and symbolic that the negotiations were held here,” said Vladimir Putin.
“On this remarkable day Aleksandr Grigoriyevich and I visited the key facilities of Vostochny: the command post, the launch pad of Angara rocket complex, talked to the personnel of the cosmodrome, met with the cosmonaut pilots,” he said.
According to him, everything that he saw there testifies that Russia preserves the leadership in cosmonautics and that the Russian space industry continues its development. Besides, Russia has preserved and expanded cooperation with Belarus on space research. The countries implement joint programs in the area. “We will continue to strengthen cooperation in this very important area,” said the Russian president.
He noted that the Belarusian president had recently presented the Union State Awards in Science and Technology to teams of scientists from both countries. The leaders of Belarus and Russia agreed to encourage such cooperation in the future, and in particular, to promote the develop of a space system of Earth remote sensing.