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Russia, Egypt preparing agreement on space cooperation - Roscosmos

 MOSCOW. March 5 (Interfax) - Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin and Egyptian Ambassador to Russia Ihab Nasr have discussed cooperation in the space exploration business, Roscosmos said.

 

"During a business conversation, the Russian and Egyptian sides discussed the current state and prospects of mutually beneficial Russian-Egyptian cooperation in the civilian space industry. The parties see high potential and great importance of this subject in relations between the two countries," it said.

 

The parties attached importance and priority to "preparing an intergovernmental framework agreement on space between Russia and Egypt, and Egyptian specialists are studying its blueprint now," it said.

 

 

 "The Egyptian side has also reaffirmed the plans voiced earlier on its involvement in Russian research programs," Roscosmos said.

 

A Russian Soyuz-2 launch vehicle placed the Egyptsat-A remote sensing satellite into orbit in 2019. The satellite was developed by Russia's Energia Rocket and Space Corporation.

 

A previous Egyptsat satellite was destroyed in an accident in 2015.

 

Rogozin said in 2019 that Roscosmos was in negotiations on sending an Egyptian cosmonaut into space.

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