“If Russia begins simply relying on China, then, I anticipate we might have a complete new race to the moon with China and Russia in opposition to the US,” Nelson instructed CNN Enterprise’ Rachel Crane in a Thursday interview. “For many years, upwards now of 45 plus years [we’ve cooperated with] Russians in area, and I need that cooperation to proceed.”
Nonetheless, Nelson mentioned he’s hopeful that a whole lot of discuss from prime Russian authorities officers will not be reflective of the sentiment towards america inside Russia’s area company, Roscosmos.
“I can inform you, regardless of the politics is the place we have now a really strained relationship with Russia proper now on the Putin stage….I can inform you the employees, the area staff, they wish to proceed with the People,” Nelson mentioned.
On Friday, Nelson held his first cellphone name with Dmitry Rogozin, who has led Roscosmos since 2018.
When reached by cellphone on Friday, NASA Press Secretary Jackie McGuinness mentioned Rogozin and Nelson mentioned the way forward for the nation’s cooperation in area, however there have been no agency guarantees made on Rogozin’s finish concerning how for much longer it intends to stay a companion.
In keeping with a statement from Roscosmos, Nelson did convey up his intention to proceed working the area station by 2030, and Rogozin expressed assist for Nelson in addition to addressed “a number of questions that had been initiated by the US facet earlier and now are considerably hindering the cooperation.”