SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 18 May 2021, Tuesday | النسخة العربية

Russia backs extending space cooperation deal with U.S. to 2030 – agencies

The Russian cabinet approved extending an agreement on cooperation in space with the United States until December 2030, news agencies cited the government’s press service as saying on Saturday.

Moscow’s ties with Washington are at a post-Cold War low, with U.S. President Joe Biden saying he believes his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is a killer who deserves to be hit with sanctions for interfering in U.S. politics, charges the Kremlin denies.

The government said in a statement carried by agencies that “the agreement …on cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes will be in place until December 31, 2030.”

Last month, the U.S. Commerce Department said it was tightening sanctions on some exports to Russia, but was partially excluding certain items such as those related to space and aviation.