Rogozin: Roscosmos has great relations with NASA

 Rogozin: Roscosmos has great relations with NASA

Head of Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin praised the relations with NASA as "great." 

"I am a fierce proponent of international cooperation, including with Americans, because their country is big and technologically advanced, and they can make good partners," he said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station.

"Especially since personal and professional relations between Roscosmos and NASA at the working level are great," TASS cited Rogozin as saying.

The Roscosmos chief added that people "who professionally engage in space activities are perfectly aware that they need each other."

Prior to the Soyuz MS-12 manned spacecraft launch on march 14, Rogozin met with NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William H. Gerstenmaier to discuss further cooperation in space between the two nations, including the future of the International Space Station (ISS). Later, Rogozin said that Russia and US would continue cooperation in missions to the ISS. NASA astronauts and Roscosmos cosmonauts will use both Russian and US spacecraft for journey to the ISS, he said.