MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On Friday, June 4, 2021, Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of the Roscosmos State Corporation, had a telephone conversation with the newly appointed NASA administrator Bill Nelson. The main topic of the conversation was the continuation of Russian-American cooperation in the field of space, primarily within the framework of the International Space Station program.
During the conversation, the head of NASA positively assessed the bilateral interaction in space, which began with the docking in the framework of the Soyuz-Apollo program in 1975, and also announced his intention to extend the operation of the ISS while ensuring the necessary government funding until 2030. Supporting the head of NASA, Dmitry Rogozin noted the full fulfillment of the obligations by the Russian side to maintain the operation of the ISS and spoke about plans for the development of the Russian segment of the stations.
At the same time, the head of Roscosmos put before his interlocutor a number of questions previously initiated by the American side, which significantly complicate interaction. First of all, we are talking about the sanctions imposed by the American administration against the enterprises of the Russian space industry, and the absence in Roscosmos of official information from American partners about plans for the management and further use of the ISS.
In addition, Dmitry Rogozin put forward a number of initiatives to organize Russian-American cooperation in the field of fundamental space research. The leaders agreed to intensify negotiations in all areas, including in the format of personal meetings. Until the end of June 2021, Russian-American talks are planned at the expert level, including within the framework of the GLEX 2021 conference. The head of Roscosmos also invited Nelson to come to Russia. The invitation was accepted.