Deputy General Director for International Cooperation at Roscosmos, Sergey Saveliev, said that ambitious projects connected with Moon colonisation could become a major factor of interaction between Russia and the US during these difficult times.
"I regret that the recent years have seen direct communication channels between Roscosmos and NASA deteriorate significantly. Instead of discussing dozens of projects of mutual interest everything boils down to either launching astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the crewed program or supplying Russian RD-180/181 rocket engines to the US. Ambitious projects connected with Moon colonization could become a major factor for interaction between the two countries during difficult times," said Saveliev in a statement published by the State Corporation for Space Activities, Roscosmos.
Sergey Saveliev added that Roscosmos delegation had been officially invited to the US to discuss a wide range of questions, ‘but in the long run NASA head Jim Bridenstine’s invitation was withdrawn under the pressure of the Senate.’
‘We officially invited NASA management to Russia but didn’t receive any answer. I hope it will follow and will be a positive one,’ Saveliev says.
Acting Associate Administrator for NASA's Office of International and Interagency Relations Michael Gold said that the United States views Russia as its partner in Moon exploration.
"I think in many ways Russia already has [been a partner]. As you know, Russia is a signatory to the  Outer Space Treaty," he said. "That’s why I’m very hopeful that now that we come out and have described what’s in these accords and that they are grounded on the Outer Space Treaty, that Russia will be able to take a hard look at this kind of thing now."