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    MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) - Head of the Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) Anatoly Perminov has discussed operation issues of the Baikonur launching site with Kazakh Ambassador to Russia Krymbek Kusherbayev, the official internet site of Roskosmos reports.

    The officials also considered the 50th anniversary of the launching site and bilateral relations in the space sector. Russia has taken up a 49-year lease on the launching site, situated in the south of Kazakhstan.

    "First of all, we spoke on the Baiterek space rocket complex, which is being constructed at Baikonur, and plans to build the Kazakh spacecraft Kazsat," Roskosmos' release says.

    "Work on the Kazsat is being carried out in accordance with the schedule. I have recently listened to a report delivered by the director general of the Khrunichev Space center, and I have no doubt that all the deadlines will be met," Mr. Perminov pointed out.

    The head of Roskosmos also recommended that a number of the launching site's facilities be put out of operation, because their terms of exploitation had expired.

    "Apart from being out of date, these facilities may turn out to be a source of danger," Mr. Perminov noted. "Besides, the Russian party has not raised the question of altering the rent of the launching site and it will not do so," the official said.

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