The issue of the creation by Ukraine of the Sapsan new multi-purpose missile system remains open, and the space and rocket industry is continuing to work on the program, Head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine Yuriy Alekseyev has said.
He said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday that the decision to close the state target defense program for the creation of the new multi-purpose missile system should be made by the president and the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine. "The question of Sapsan is not closed. There should be the decision of the president and the NSDC. I don't accept any statements by the military," Alekseyev said. "I appealed to the supreme commander-in-chief [the Ukrainian president]. The work [on the program] is still continuing. The subject is not closed," he said. The state targeted defense program on the creation of the Sapsan multi-purpose missile system was approved by the government in November 2011. Its financing until 2020 amounts to UAH 6.6 billion.