The Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF) Foundation took part in the send-off for the astronauts who went to the ISS aboard the "Soyuz MS-07". The Director of the “YIEF” Foundation Sergey Lazutkin handed over a memorable gift with the image of sights of Crimea to the commander of the ship, a native of Sevastopol Anton Shkaplerov.
The carrier rocket "Soyuz-FG" with manned spacecraft "Soyuz MS-07" and the crew of another long expedition to the ISS launched on 17 December from site No. 1 (Gagarin launch) of Baikonur spaceport. Today, after two days of autonomous flight in low-Earth orbit, "Soyuz MS-07" has docked with the ISS. Together with Anton Shkaplerov , the Colonel of the Russian Aero-Cosmic Forces, American and Japanese astronauts - Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai - joined the crew of the International Space Station.
During the prelaunch press conference, Director of the "YIEF" Foundation extended to the astronauts greetings from Sergey Aksenov, the Head of the Republic of Crimea, and Dmitry Ovsyannikov, the Governor of Sevastopol, and presented a souvenir — a set of magnets depicting sights of the Crimea, which together form the silhouette of the Peninsula. "Beautiful. Crimea looks the same from space. Thank you very much," said Anton Shkaplerov.
“Participation in the send-off for the astronauts is an important symbolic step for us because the space is beyond politics, it is the territory of cooperation of people from different countries,” — said Sergey Lazutkin. “One of the goals of the Yalta International Economic Forum is to strengthen economic ties between Crimea and other regions of the world, to confirm the Crimea’s status of a territory of cooperation”.