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Bailiffs impound assets as Kazakh minister accuses Russian space agency chief of “diplomatic mistake” over objections to postponement of work at Baikonur cosmodrome.
The world is looking to break its geopolitically risky dependence on imports of rare earth metals from Russia and China as East and West drift into an increasingly fraught showdown. Kazakhstan could become a major source of these metals.
Russia’s economy seems to be doing a lot better than was expected. The International Monetary Fund recently improved its growth outlook for this year.
Russian space chief Dmitri Rogozin has indicated that developers of a craft being designed for the pad will have to work around sanctions.
As trade between Russia and West comes under a growing list of sanctions and companies break off ties, Russia is looking for new markets to buy its metals.
UK company has Soyuz rockets deal and $1.7bn backing from Airbus, Coca-Cola, Virgin, Qualcomm and Softbank to deploy global network.
The military phase of Russia’s development began in around 2012 when President Vladimir Putin began rearming in preparation for a showdown with the west that climaxed with the annexation of Crimea in 2014. Now it has come to an end.