Two launches of carrier rockets “Soyuz-ST” from Kourou in French Guiana is scheduled for 2017, said in an interview with RNS, the General Director of Rocket and space center “Progress” (Samara) Alexander Kirilin.
“In 2017 the planned two launches,” said Kirilin. At the same time, he said, “to comment on the prospects of the project currently is not possible”.
At the end of October it became known that “Rosatom” has refused to supply the launch vehicles “Soyuz-ST” company Arianespace as long as the French side will pay €300 million, who were arrested under the claim of former Yukos shareholders in 2015. These rockets used to launch satellites from Kourou in French Guiana.
October 21, Roskosmos, has notified the French government that served for France in the arbitration court, unless the claim for €300 million that was seized in connection with the claim of former Yukos shareholders, according to the publication Space News. “Roskosmos, hinted that a joint programme of space research between Russia and the European Union could suffer if the funds will not be released,” wrote Space News.
Means Arianspace, intended state Corporation “Roscosmos”, were arrested in 2014, according to the decision of the Hague court in connection with a court decision in the Yukos case, according to which Russia must pay $50 billion to former shareholders of the company.