Meeting on developing the space sector
Vladimir Putin held a meeting on developing Russia’s space sector. Implementing the Federal Space Programme, possibilities for using new types of rocket, and improving the Earth’s remote sensing system were the main items on the agenda.
May 22, 2017
At a meeting on developing the space sector.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues,
We examine the space sector’s development on a regular basis. Today, we agreed to look at ways to enhance the Earth’s remote sensing system.
As you know, the most advanced countries make broad use of this technology. Russia, too, should make more active use of the possibilities it offers for bolstering our national defence and security, and for developing the economy and social sector and raising the quality of governance.
The sensing data obtained are very important for effective work in sectors such as construction, infrastructure, forestry, agriculture, the environment, meteorology, mining, and for disaster prevention and relief.
Experts forecast that demand for provision of data obtained through the Earth’s remote sensing systems will grow substantially over the coming years. In this respect, Russia has indisputable competitive advantages and we should put them to the best possible use.
To do this, we should build up our orbital constellation carrying out earth probing. It should have at least 15 satellites in operation by 2020. This will enable us to monitor Russia’s territory and the entire globe.
The priority task is to make the data obtained available for users in Russia and abroad. We therefore need to consolidate the resources in this sector and improve procedures for certifying data and the rules and regulations for their use in various areas.
Roscosmos is ready to provide these services and provide data from Russia’s Earth remote sensing satellites. We do not rule out the use of foreign satellites too.
At the same time, Roscosmos works primarily on state orders, and so we need to reflect on future commercialisation of services and expanding provision of information of this kind through services on the domestic and foreign markets.
I note in particular that the money earned from these services should be invested in developing our space sector, continued modernisation, and promising space-related research.
Finally, all innovations in developing and operating new digital services using the Earth’s remote sensing data should be tested first in pilot projects.
Let’s discuss these matters today. I would like to hear your proposals.
Greetings to St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017
Vladimir Putin sent his greetings to participants, organisers and guests of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017 that is taking place under the slogan Achieving a New Balance in the Global Economic Arena.
May 22, 2017
The message of greetings reads, in part:
“For the first time in the last several years, the global economy is showing signs of recovery. The Forum will discuss how to consolidate the emerging trends and assess the risks and challenges related to the introduction of new technologies.
The sweeping changes taking place today require effective measures by the international community to enhance the international governance architecture in order to take coordinated steps to ensure that all population groups benefit from the fruits of globalisation and thereby guarantee sustainable and balanced development.
Over these years, the Forum has gained substantial authority as a recognised global discussion platform open for direct and engaged dialogue on the relevant issues we face today.
This June, heads of state and government, prominent public and political figures, and business and expert community representatives from Russia and many other countries will once again gather in St Petersburg.
I am confident that the initiatives and recommendations the Forum produces will contribute to developing common, consolidated approaches, and the contracts and agreements executed on the Forum’s sidelines will give impetus to international cooperation and help to launch and implement new, mutually advantageous projects.”
Vladimir Putin will visit Paris on May 29
The President will visit Paris on May 29 at the invitation of President of France Emmanuel Macron.
Announcement, May 29, 2017
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The two presidents will open an exhibition organised by the State Hermitage at the Grand Trianon at the Palace of Versailles. The exhibition is devoted to the 300th anniversary of Peter the Great’s visit to France, which laid the foundations for lasting ties between the two countries.
On the agenda at the talks between Mr Putin and Mr Macron will be the present and future outlook for Russian-French relations in political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian areas.
The two presidents will also exchange views on current international and regional matters, particularly coordination of efforts to fight terrorism and settle the crises in Syria and Ukraine.