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Russia’s updated space strategy to be ready by July 15, says security chief

Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev emphasized the importance of training highly-qualified specialists

MOSCOW, April 16. /TASS/. The government has received instructions to update the basic principles of national space exploration and a strategy for the development of Roscosmos space corporation by July 15, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told after a council session on Tuesday.

The documents will be prepared by July 15 and will be submitted to the president to be approved in a decree, Patrushev said. He reiterated that principles of Russia’s state policy in space exploration had been worked out back in 2013. Now they must be looked into additionally given scientific and technological progress.

Besides, back at that time Russia relied on international cooperation. "That is why the regulatory framework must be adjusted, and we must rely more on ourselves, continuing international cooperation wherever possible," Patrushev said, noting that much would have to be done independently under sanctions slapped on Russia.

He also emphasized the importance of training highly-qualified specialists.

Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, for his part, said the Security Council session had deeply analyzed implementation of the strategy for the development of Roscosmos and principles of state policy in space exploration, approved in 2013.

Internal and external factors have made it impossible to achieve the planned results. "We have analyzed the reasons, the president gave concrete instructions on remedying the situation," Borisov said. In particular, he mentioned commercialization of the space industry, strengthening of Roscosmos enterprises with qualified specialists, technical upgrading and a widespread introduction of digital technologies.

Patrushev stressed that Russia would keep up cooperation with other countries on space exploration whenever possible. "We are not abandoning international cooperation, we will continue it wherever a consensus will be achieved," he said. However, "whenever this is impossible due to certain reasons, we will solve our tasks independently," Patrushev specified.