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Russia is in preliminary talks with several countries for the flight of astronauts aboard the Russian "Soyuz" spacecraft

Russia is in preliminary talks with several countries for the flight of astronauts aboard the Russian “Soyuz” spacecraft

The Executive Director of Roscosmos’ human spaceflight programs, Sergey Krikalev, said that many countries are interested in transporting astronauts aboard the Russian “Soyuz” spacecraft, however, it is too early to talk about any progress in the ongoing talks.

Kennedy Space Center, Florida – Sputnik. Krikalev told “Sputnik”: “There is an interest in participating in space flights. In fact, negotiations are underway with many countries.”

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He added: “There have been talks with India, with Mongolia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and others. In short, all this is still in the initial talks stage, meaning it is still too early to talk about some kind of progress.”

Krikalev indicated that they were very pleasantly surprised at that time by the activity of the United Arab Emirates, saying: “While the talks began as usual by saying, “It would be nice, and let’s talk,” but soon they moved from words to deeds and implemented the program, when the astronaut flew We have Soyuz.”

He added: “They are currently dealing with the Americans. This, in principle, is also normal. Being partners, they try, so to speak, to communicate with everyone.”

And in July, I signed Roscosmos and NASA Convention On the integrated flights of astronauts to the International Space Station.

As part of the agreement, a Soyuz-2.1a rocket with a Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome to the International Space Station on September 21 carrying a crew including Russian cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitriy Petlin as well as NASA astronaut Francisco Rubio.

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The only astronaut on Roscosmos, Anne Kekina, is currently flying with her crew of 5 to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft called Endurance.

You can also read the news in the source of the site Russian Sputnik