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  • The International Space Station is seen with the docked space shuttle Endeavour in this photo provided by NASA and taken May 23, 2011.

    The International Space Station is seen with the docked space shuttle Endeavour in this photo provided by NASA and taken May 23, 2011. | Photo: Reuters

Russia and Ecuador have enjoyed close relationship over the past decade as Rafael Correa’s government moved the country away from the U.S.

Russia and Ecuador are finalizing a bilateral agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space, Russian Ambassador to Ecuador Andrei Veklenko said in an interview with Sputnik Wednesday.

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“During the last, fourth meeting of intergovernmental (Russian-Ecuadorean) commission in Quito, the sides discussed such concrete things as remote sensing of the land from space, use of GLONASS (Russian satellite navigation system) here,” the Russian envoy said in the interview from the Ecuadorean capital.

“But in order for that to work, a legal base is required. Currently, the bilateral agreement on peaceful use of outer space is being actively reviewed.”

Veklenko expressed hope that the process of drafting the agreement would not take long, and the sides would be able to make the agreement more detailed soon.

Russia and Ecuador recently signed a deal on cooperation against money laundering and financing of terrorism. Moscow and Quito are also finalizing agreements on extradition and transfer of prisoners.

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