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Russia to provide South Africa access to surface sensing satellites - Roscosmos

RIA Novosti

17:31 05/08/2010 MOSCOW, August 5 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow will provide Johannesburg with access to information from its surface sensing satellites and will establish a ground station for South Africa under a space partnership to receive the information, Russia's top space official said on Thursday.

"We plan to use Russian remote surface sensing satellites for the scientific center in South Africa. We are planning to establish a station on the ground in South Africa so that they could use this information from our spacecraft," Anatoly Perminov said.

Earlier on Thursday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held talks in Moscow with South African President Jacob Zuma.

The leaders signed a contract on the delivery of enriched uranium to South Africa.

A number of other agreements are expected to be signed during the talks, including in the defense, space and hi-tech sectors since South Africa is Russia's key political and trade partner on the African continen.

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