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The memorandum between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan of further development of cooperation concerning ensuring functioning of the Baikonur complex

of June 19, 2000

The president of the Russian Federation and the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, proceeding from important role of space activities in scientific and technical and social and economic development, safety of Russia and Kazakhstan (further - the Parties);

confirming need of further use of the Baikonur spaceport for the benefit of the Parties, and also other states interested in implementation of the international space programs and projects;

expressing satisfaction with development of interaction within the Program of joint operations of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan for research and use of space;

aiming to give to bilateral cooperation in the field of peaceful space exploration new impulse in the spirit of the Declaration between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan on eternal friendship and the alliance oriented in the XXI century of July 6, 1998;

state:

the Baikonur complex - the most important component of world space infrastructure which preserving and active use is equitable to the vital interests of the people of our countries, all mankind. In case of complete understanding of special role of the space equipment in the solution of social and economic and scientific tasks, in ensuring collective security of the Parties fundamental bilateral Russian-Kazakhstan agreements on complex are signed;

considering the historic responsibility of the Parties for destiny of the Baikonur complex, the accumulated positive operating experience of the Baikonur complex in the conditions of its lease by the Russian Federation, and also the tasks connected with implementation of national and interstate space programs from the Baikonur spaceport, use of the Baikonur complex for the specified purposes will and be performed on the basis of the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basic principles and conditions of use of the Baikonur complex of March 28, 1994, the Lease agreement of the Baikonur complex between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan of December 10, 1994 and other bilateral documents on the Baikonur complex from now on;

the commitment to agreements on the Baikonur complex, their strict accomplishment in practice is integral part of effective cooperation, mutual understanding and respect of national interests of both states;

the Baikonur complex is considered by the Parties as worthy example of equal and mutually beneficial cooperation of two states.

In this regard the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan charge to the Governments of the Parties to consider the following questions:

prolongation of lease term of the Baikonur complex;

continuation of cooperation within the Program of joint operations for research and use of space, including joint operations on creation and start of spacecrafts of the Republic of Kazakhstan, accomplishment of scientific space experiments of the Republic of Kazakhstan, training of the Kazakhstan astronauts and specialists for space industry of Kazakhstan;

carrying out joint surveys concerning ecological safety in case of operation of the missile and space equipment at the spaceport and informing public organizations and the population on the taken measures in the field of environmental protection and modern achievements in the field of research of space and social and economic benefits from space applications and technology;

further simplification of procedures of customs clearance of the goods imported (exported) on the Baikonur complex for ensuring its functioning;

settlement of social security of personnel of the spaceport and inhabitants Baikonur taking into account features of the legislation of the Parties, including questions of financial provision and the mechanism of realization of social guarantees of the citizens of Russia and Kazakhstan living and/or working at the Baikonur complex;

participation of the companies and organizations of Kazakhstan in the space activities performed from the Baikonur spaceport including joint space projects;

preparation of the approved packet of amendments and changes in the existing contractual legal base of functioning of the Baikonur complex for the purpose of its enhancement;

free use of airspace of the Republic of Kazakhstan and radio-frequency range in case of starts from the Baikonur spaceport and landing of spacecrafts.

Presidents of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan confirm unity of line items on all circle of the questions connected with ensuring functioning of the Baikonur complex and highly appreciate joint activities of the Parties for development of cooperation in the field of research and use of space.

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