Colorado springs (Satellite) — space should be considered as an example of how Russia and the United States have to cooperate and trust each other to achieve cooperative outcomes when looking at the broad scope of bilateral relations, Sergei Krikalev, Executive Director of the manned spaceflight programs of the Russian space Agency, the official said.
«What is happening at the political level and what is being done in space are two different things. We continue to work as always. It will be a good motive to restore the relationship in other areas. Space should become an example for other areas, as people need to work together, to trust each other to achieve cooperative outcomes,» said Krikalev.
He noted that there are no problems in working with US in the field of space exploration.
«We have an excellent cooperation mechanism. We were very efficient working together, and we must continue to do what we do,» said Krikalev, asked what to do to maintain a good and successful us-Russian cooperation in the space sector amid the tense and deteriorating relations between the two countries.
Krikalev said on the sidelines of the «Yuri’s night», a global event dedicated to space organized by the American city of Colorado springs, who will officially open the annual space Symposium on Monday.
Relations between Moscow and Washington in recent times it has reached the point that U.S. President Donald trump called their lowest point. Earlier in April, the US announced new sanctions against Russia because of alleged global efforts to destabilize Moscow. Among the individuals and organizations affected by US sanctions was a high-ranking government officials, leaders of industry and business in the defense sector in particular.
Tension continues to grow over the deteriorating humanitarian situation and security situation in Syria and the recent strikes by the United States, the United Kingdom and France in the country.
Began bilateral relationship deteriorated in 2014 after the crisis in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. The reunion was not recognized by Ukraine or the United States and some of its allies, which are subsequently imposed economic and political sanctions against Moscow. Russia has said that the referendum in Crimea was democratic and held in accordance with international law.
In Russian-American relations became even more aggravated in 2016, when Washington accused Moscow of meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Russia has repeatedly rejected accusations of interference by election and trump strongly denied the accusations that his team’s campaign colluded with the Kremlin in any effort to affect the outcome of the vote.
More recently, the United States has expelled 60 Russian diplomats and closed the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle in solidarity with the United Kingdom regarding the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in UK cities Salisbury.
Russia categorically denied all accusations of involvement in the poisoning Skripal and said they sent 60 American diplomats and the closure of the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg.