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"Roskosmos" asks for additional funding at the Vostochny space center
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was not satisfied with the pace of construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amur Region. At a meeting on the financial and economic state of the Roscosmos state corporation and its subordinate organizations, he said that the first phase of construction was to be completed last year, but only a quarter of the planned facilities - five of 19 - were actually built. According to the prime minister, Roscosmos is requesting additional funding for the completion of the remaining facilities.
Dmitry Medvedev noted that the second phase of construction on the East should have started this year. At the same time, the work had to be completed by the 2021 year, so that by that time the cosmodrome was fully ready to launch spacecraft for various purposes. The prime minister said that the current dynamic does not allow to meet the deadlines, and instructed the structures involved in it to undertake everything possible to correct the situation and carry out the construction.
The Deputy Chairman of the Russian Government, Yury Borisov, explained the backlog in terms of the bankruptcy of the builders, the multitude of courts and the breach of contracts. However, the construction will not freeze, so as not to have a situation where the missiles are ready, and there will be no other place to send them. We intend to complete the launch complex no later than 2023 of the year. According to the deputy chairman, some of the objects of the Roscosmos cosmodrome will be completed at their own expense, and the money collected through the court will also be collected. This is about 28 billion rubles.