Kazakhstan demanded a review of the conditions for Proton launches from Baikonur

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Kazakhstan demanded a review of the conditions for Proton launches from Baikonur

Kazakhstan has taken the initiative to review the conditions for launches of Russian Proton launch vehicles from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, citing environmental issues. Although it was planned that launches of these missiles would stop only after 2025, the Kazakh side unexpectedly expressed concern about the toxicity of Russian missiles. In response to this, Russia proposed to continue the launches, but the final decision will be made after agreement between the parties.

Vice-Minister of Kazakhstan Olzhas Olzhabekov said that the final decision on launches will be made only after agreement with Russia, emphasizing that we are talking about revising the conditions in favor of Kazakhstan, and not about a complete refusal of launches. This indicates Kazakhstan's desire to improve the terms of cooperation with Russia on the operation of Baikonur.

Kazakhstan understands that there are no other sites for Proton launches, and the cessation of launches from Baikonur could mean the end for this launch vehicle. At the same time, the republic is considering proposals from Asian companies, which looks like an attempt to take advantage of the situation to obtain additional benefits.

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