[FPSPACE] Putin, Bush reiterate commitment to International Space Station

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Putin, Bush reiterate commitment to International Space Station=20
ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow, in English 1113 gmt 1 Jun 03=20
          St Petersburg, 1 June: Russia and the USA reiterate their =
commitment to the noble cause of manned space flights and readiness to =
take resolute steps towards greater use of space technologies and =
techniques, says a joint statement that Presidents Vladimir Putin of =
Russia and George W. Bush of the USA issued upon the end of their brief =
talks here on Sunday [1 June].=20

          The two countries have gained unparalleled experience of =
bilateral and multilateral interaction in space and their leaders =
reaffirm willingness to continue building the International Space =
Station [ISS] as a world research centre and to guarantee its safe =
functioning, the statement says.=20

          Putin and Bush say that, despite the tragic demise of the =
Columbia shuttle at the beginning of 2003, the two countries continue =
extraordinary efforts to maintain the ISS programmes.=20

          The USA is committed to resuming safe flights of space =
shuttles and the Russian Federation is committed to providing =
transportation for the Russian-US crews of spacemen and cargo vehicles =
for supplies until the space shuttles resume [the flights], the =
statement says.

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PRESS RELEASE --  Date Released: Sunday, June 01, 2003  --  Department =
of State

U.S., Russia Renew Commitment to International Space Station

Pledge to complement each other's efforts to support it)

The United States and Russia have reaffirmed their commitment to the =
International Space Station program.=20

    The U.S.-Russia space partnership has deepened following the loss of =
the U.S. shuttle Columbia, President Bush and President Putin said in a =
June 1 joint statement issued in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the two =
leaders met.=20

    They said the two countries will complement each other's efforts =
aimed at resupplying the space station, transporting its crews and =
restoring shuttle flights.=20

    Following is the text of the joint statement:  (begin text)=20

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary (St. Petersburg, Russia)

June 1, 2003=20

JOINT STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND PRESIDENT  VLADIMIR V. =
PUTIN ON U.S.-RUSSIAN COOPERATION IN SPACE=20

    The loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia has underscored the historic =
role of the United States and Russia as partners in space exploration, =
who have persevered despite tragedy and adversity. During this =
challenging time, our partnership has deepened and the International =
Space Station (ISS) program remains strong. The extraordinary efforts of =
our countries continue. The United States is committed to safely =
returning the Space Shuttle to flight, and the Russian Federation is =
committed to meeting the ISS crew transport and logistics resupply =
requirements necessary to maintain our joint American astronaut and =
Russian cosmonaut teams on board the ISS until the Space Shuttle returns =
to flight.=20

    We confirm our mutual aspiration to ensure the continued assembly =
and viability of the International Space Station as a world-class =
research facility, relying on our unprecedented experience of bilateral =
and multilateral interaction in space.=20

    We reaffirm our commitment to the mission of human space flight and =
are prepared to take energetic steps to enhance our cooperation in the =
application of space technology and techniques.    (end text)=20

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. =
Department of State. Web site:=20

http://usinfo.state.gov)=20

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Space=20
Station<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P>
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face=3D"Times New Roman">The United States and Russia have reaffirmed =
their=20
commitment to the International Space Station program.=20
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yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
</SPAN>The U.S.-Russia space partnership has deepened following the loss =
of the=20
U.S. shuttle Columbia, President Bush and President Putin said in a June =
1 joint=20
statement issued in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the two leaders met.=20
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yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
</SPAN>They said the two countries will complement each other's efforts =
aimed at=20
resupplying the space station, transporting its crews and restoring =
shuttle=20
flights. <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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</SPAN>Following is the text of the joint statement:<SPAN=20
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Russia)<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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PRESIDENT<SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>VLADIMIR V. =
PUTIN ON=20
U.S.-RUSSIAN COOPERATION IN SPACE <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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face=3D"Times New Roman"><SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: =
yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
</SPAN>The loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia has underscored the =
historic role=20
of the United States and Russia as partners in space exploration, who =
have=20
persevered despite tragedy and adversity. During this challenging time, =
our=20
partnership has deepened and the International Space Station (ISS) =
program=20
remains strong. The extraordinary efforts of our countries continue. The =
United=20
States is committed to safely returning the Space Shuttle to flight, and =
the=20
Russian Federation is committed to meeting the ISS crew transport and =
logistics=20
resupply requirements necessary to maintain our joint American astronaut =
and=20
Russian cosmonaut teams on board the ISS until the Space Shuttle returns =
to=20
flight. <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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</SPAN>We confirm our mutual aspiration to ensure the continued assembly =
and=20
viability of the International Space Station as a world-class research =
facility,=20
relying on our unprecedented experience of bilateral and multilateral=20
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yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
</SPAN>We reaffirm our commitment to the mission of human space flight =
and are=20
prepared to take energetic steps to enhance our cooperation in the =
application=20
of space technology and techniques.<SPAN=20
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