MOSCOW, April 8 (UPI) -- The Russian space agency Roscosmos will not suspend any activities in conjunction with the United States’ NASA on the International Space Station, its deputy chief said Tuesday.
NASA said last week it would freeze all joint projects with Russia, with the exception of the International Space Station, as a consequence of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees Russia’s space program, pointed out at the time cooperation between the United States and Russia was already limited to the International Space Station.
“We are in no way raising the question or trying to develop a response (to NASA’s announcement) because we don’t see any grounds for it, Roscosmos deputy chief Denis Lyskov said. The United States relies on Russian Soyuz rockets and spacecraft, considered the most reliable manned space launch system, to shuttle personnel and material from Earth to the International Space Station, and pays $70 million for each seat aboard Soyuz.