Russia is preparing for an era of new competition in space, a senior official in Moscow said Thursday after years of cooperation with the United States.
"It is our priority today," Roscosmos general manager Dmitry Rogozin said in an interview with the official media. "We are going to enshrine this strategy in a new strategy, which we will adopt later this year, namely to take Russian leadership back in space, outright."
Space cooperation has been an asset to US-Russian policy since the end of the cold war, even after the recent decline in diplomatic relations. Rogozin, echoing remarks this year by a senior White House advisor in Washington Examiner, repudiated the idea that "space goes beyond politics" and blamed US policymakers for compromising their relations.
"I think America is currently sinking into its second civil war," said Rogozin, who was sanctioned by the United States and the European Union just days after the ## 147 ## NASA announces a postponement of its imminent visit to Texas. "It's total international anarchy, and I do not care what motivated people in the Obama administration or the current Senate."
Russia has denied having invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea and be ingested in the 2016 US presidential election – behavior invoked by US lawmakers to impose a new round of sanctions on the country. former opponent of the Cold War in 2017. These sanctions were not an obstacle to cooperation in the space field; Hundreds of Americans are working in Russia to support the International Space Station and US astronauts are relying on Russian rockets to reach the ISS.
However, according to US officials, Russia has developed weapons that could threaten US space capabilities – a thorny issue that arms control negotiators have not resolved.
"There is no good definition of what a weapon is or how would you know if you see it," said last year Scott Pace, executive director of the National Council of space, at the Washington Examiner.
Pace acknowledged that tensions between the United States and Russia could undermine cooperation with ISS. "That's what space people do not always want to understand: we cooperate in space after deciding it was in our interest to do it from the ground," he said.