25 Mar 2022 14:02

EUMETSAT starts delaying provision of meteorological data to Russia - Russian natural resources minister

MOSCOW. March 25 (Interfax) - The European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) has started delaying the provision of data from meteorological satellites to Russian partners, Russian Natural Resources Minister Alexander Kozlov said.

"The European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites has started delaying the provision of data from geostationary meteorological satellites to us and has stopped providing information products. But they forgot that we have our own satellite group in orbit, and the unique Arktika-M, whose information everyone needs, started working last year," Kozlov said at a board meeting of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet).

EUMETSAT is an intergovernmental organization responsible for operating the European meteorological satellite system and transmitting climate data to its clients.

Kozlov also said the World Area Forecast Center in London, which provides meteorological data needed for flights, "has tried to jeopardize our commercial aviation flights."

"But you've developed and launched the production of own products in the sphere of aviation forecasts, which meet international requirements, over three days," Kozlov said, addressing the meeting participants.

Russia "was disconnected unilaterally" from the system, Kozlov said.

The World Area Forecast Center is functioning under the patronage of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Besides the office in London, the organization has a forecast center in Washington.

"We have colossal experience, and disconnection from the common bases will not affect the stable operation of Roshydromet in any way," Kozlov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24. The Western countries retaliated by imposing sweeping sanctions against Russia.