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U.S.-Russia Deal on Moon Spaceport Sets Example for Cooperation

Sept. 29, 2017 (EIRNS)—Russia and the United States have agreed to jointly participate in the project to create a new international lunar orbital station. Roscosmos and NASA signed a joint statement Sept. 27 that aims to unify some of their technical standards to facilitate cooperation on the Deep Space Gateway project.

"The signing of joint statement ... is an important example of how our countries, should they combine their potentials, can move forward in resolving ambitious tasks,"

TASS reported Nikolay Lakhonin, the Russian Embassy in Washington’s spokesman, said. He commented that they see the project as an "important cooperation step" on manned spaceflights and a "logical continuation" to the International Space Station in Earth’s orbit.

"We consider the development of Russian-American scientific and technological partnership to be in the interests of both our countries. The current level of bilateral cooperation in these fields, to our regret, does not fully reflect its potential,"

Lakhonin said.