31 Oct 2018 11:06

Kazakhstan not to seek any compensation from Russia for Soyuz accident - Astana

ASTANA. Oct 31 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan has no intention of seeking any compensation for the damage caused by the fall of the Soyuz GF rocket on October 11, Kazakh Defense and Aerospace Industry Minister Beibut Atamkulov said.

"We will not seek any damage compensation," Atamkulov told reporters in Astana on Wednesday.

"It's a purely technical issue of Roscosmos. They are reporting [the causes of the fall] officially. Tentatively it is a non-standard situation involving the separation of a side stage of the rocket," he said, commenting on the cause of the accident.

An accident occurred on October 11, when a manned Soyuz Ms-10 spacecraft, expected to deliver cargo from the Baikonur cosmodrome to the ISS, was launched. The crewmembers were Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague. The crew had to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan due to a non-standard situation. They survived.