WEB DESK – The US speace agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had cut ties with its Russian counterpart Roscosmos over the ongoing situation in Ukraine and now only International Space Station cooperation will continue through the freeze in relations.
NASA associate administrator Michael O’Brien said in a memo that all missions with Russia’s Roscosmos are on hold indefinitely, UPI reports.
The official communique stated “This suspension includes NASA travel to Russia and visits by Russian Government representatives to NASA facilities, bilateral meetings, email, and teleconferences or videoconferences.”
“At the present time, only operational International Space Station activities have been excepted,” it added.
O’Brien added that “multilateral meetings held outside of Russia that may include Russian participation are not precluded under the present guidance.”
NASA told various US media that it will release a public statement later on Wednesday.
Three Russians, two Americans, and one Japanese astronaut are onboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Last week, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said he did not believe Russia would curtail American access to the ISS, despite geopolitical tensions. Russian launch vehicles have transported American astronauts to the station since NASA stopped its Space Shuttle program, though Bolden insisted that Russia is just as dependent on the US to run the ISS.