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Roscosmos said it is premature to make a decision on cross-flights to the ISS

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The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, explained that this position is connected with the “absolutely insane reaction of the Americans and other countries that are partners in the ISS” to the start of Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, reports TASS on Saturday, May 14th.

Rogozin noted that some federal executive authorities believe that it is still premature to make a decision on cross-flights to the International Space Station (ISS), because the situation has changed dramatically in recent months. The Director General of Roscosmos added that this issue was also discussed in 2021. Rogozin considers this position reasonable.

The ISS cross-flight program envisages a scheme in which American astronauts will receive seats on Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and Russian cosmonauts in the future will be able to fly on American Crew Dragon.

In April, the head of Roscosmos said that there are different opinions on this issue, so “a conciliation meeting will be needed, as a result of which a decision will be made” regarding the continuation or termination of the program of cross-flights to the ISS. It was assumed that the decision will be made by the Russian side in mid-May.

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