US and Russia Renew Collaboration on ISS

Fears of another cold war seemingly allayed, Russia and the United States have renewed talks surrounding bilateral space cooperation. Shortly after the first US sanctions were doled out as a response to Russia’s annexation and activities that were perceived to fan the flame of separatism in eastern Ukraine, many news outlets began to speculate over just how Russia may retaliate against the United States. Many wondered if Russia would cut off access to the International Space Station in 2020, when the current international treaty, to which both nations are party, is set to expire. Nevertheless, it seems that these speculations have been for not, as it is expected that both sides will soon announce “joint projects regarding the ISS.”

Oleg Orlov, the Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), stated that initiatives that date back to the “tensest days of the Cold War” will not be abandoned as a result of recent tensions between the White House and the Kremlin, and that a renewed focus on scientific research, particularly by that of the two nations’ crews, would be emphasized. U.S. sanctions, which had drawn the ire of many in Moscow, have been described by Orlov as merely a political gesture meant to appease bureaucrats in Washington that will soon be withdrawn. Expansion of the ISS is expected to continue, with an additional Animal Science module expected to be developed within the next few years.

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