NASA spoke about the role of Russian "Unions" in space exploration

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MOSCOW, 7 Nov – NASA is trying to facilitate flights by American astronauts on Russian Soyuz and Russian cosmonauts on American spacecraft, said Joel Montalbano, ISS Program Manager at NASA.
Earlier, Dmitry Rogozin, general director of the Roscosmos state corporation, said during an online briefing broadcast on the Rossiya Segodnya website that American astronauts would continue to fly on Russian Soyuz spacecraft, in exchange for Russian cosmonauts to fly on American spacecraft. According to Rogozin, the Russian side discussed the possibility of cross-flights with NASA.
“For a long time, we have been trying to make sure that the astronaut is on the Crew ships and the astronaut on the Russian Soyuz,” NASA spokesman Montalbano told reporters.
The United States suspended its own manned flights in 2011 following the end of Space Shuttle flights. Since then, the delivery of American astronauts to the ISS for a fee has been carried out by Roscosmos. Washington has repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with the existing dependence on Russia for its space activities and in 2020, after a successful test flight of Crew Dragon, announced the resumption of its own manned program.
The last American traveled to space in Soyuz in April 2021. It was NASA astronaut Mark Wande Hai.

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