According to information from Moscow, Russia and the USA have extended the agreement on cross-flights to the ISS space station. It has been agreed with the US space agency Nasa that mixed space teams should fly to the orbital station up to and including 2025, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said, according to the Interfax news agency.

Most recently, US astronaut Loral O’Hara launched to the ISS in September with cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Niolai Tschub on board a Russian Soyuz capsule.

The ISS is one of the few things on which Americans and Russians are still working together after the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine broke out at the end of February 2022. Cosmonauts and astronauts also fly to the space station together.

Due to the tensions, Russia has since announced that it will stop cooperation after 2024 and build its own space station. However, since setting up the station takes time, Moscow later announced that it would consider staying on board the ISS until 2028.