The Emergency Situations Ministry will deploy Russia's fifth space monitoring station in the Urals in the first half of 2014, Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Stepanov told reporters on Thursday.

"I think we will build another space monitoring station in the Sverdlovsk region in the first half [of this year]. It will improve the quality of information about the Urals, Volga and Arctic regions," he said.

Russia has four space monitoring stations already, Stepanov added.

"About 15 perent of the country's territory has yet to be covered with space monitoring. The prospective station will cut the uncovered zone to approximately 5 percent," he said.

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