“I regret to say that over the past years, direct communication channels between Roscosmos State Corporation and NASA in a number of areas have noticeably depleted,” he said.

According to Savelyev, instead of discussing dozens of projects, it all comes down to either delivering astronauts to the ISS or delivering Russian RD-180/181 engines to the United States.

“Ambitious projects related to the exploration of the Moon could become a serious factor for the interaction of the two countries in difficult times,” he emphasized.

On May 12, it was reported that Roscosmos and NASA signed a contract for the delivery in autumn 2020 of one American astronaut to the ISS on a manned spacecraft Soyuz MS.

As noted in NASA, the agency will pay more than $ 90 million for a place for an astronaut on the Soyuz.