NASA has finally expressed its position on the actions of three russian cosmonauts on the ISS. They posed with the so-called “flags” of the LPR and the DPR, and Roscosmos on their behalf published statements denying Ukraine’s sovereignty over the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
NASA condemned russia’s actions
On June 7, when it was already night in Kyiv, NASA issued a statement about the scandalous behavior of russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station. For some reason, on the Independence Day of the United States, they unfurled not the flags of their main partner in orbital activity, but two terrorist groups known as the DPR and the LPR.
Also, the organization Roscosmos, headed by the NATO hater Dmitry Rogozin, made statements that can be interpreted as such that the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions does not belong to Ukraine. In this regard, many people wanted to hear from the aerospace administration an assessment of such actions.
And this reaction was finally made public on behalf of the entire agency: “NASA strongly reproaches russia for using the International Space Station for the political purpose of supporting the war against Ukraine, which is fundamentally incompatible with the main purpose of the operation of the station under the leadership of 15 participating countries for the development of science and the development of peaceful technologies”.
How serious is NASA’s position really
Of course, that “strongly reproaches” sounds menacing, especially for those who have not seen the mass burial of civilians in the city of Bucha. But most people would still like some more concrete actions. The issue of the complete termination of cooperation between the two countries on the ISS has been raised several times in recent months. But both parties understand the impossibility of physically separating the station in the near future.
However, the NASA leadership could have already decided whether it wants to exchange crew members with the aggressor state. In the meantime, NASA has condemned russia so much as to preserve the maximum possibilities of cooperation with it.
In addition, in the agency’s statement, the blame for completely unacceptable actions is not assigned to the astronauts and not to Roscosmos, but to russia. It seems that American specialists in the space industry are still in thrall to the idea that the citizens of the aggressor country and the “peaceful research organization” have nothing to do with numerous crimes.
According to Spacepolicyonline.com
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