The Roscosmos State Corporation of Russia is holding with China, and other international partners talks on the creation of a joint Moon base. Russia's manned lunar programme is set to start in 2028 said the Director General of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin.
"We are consulting with all international partners, primarily the China, on the creation of a lunar scientific base," wrote Rogozin on his Telegram channel.
According to Rogozin, Russia's lunar exploration programme already exists and it starts in 2021." Russia has its own lunar exploration programme, it starts this year. We plan to start a manned lunar programme from 2028," he said on his unofficial telegram channel.
China and Russia inked a landmark agreement on a space cooperation programme in 2017. The bilateral agreement signed for 2018-2022 covers five areas including lunar and deep space exploration, developing special materials, collaboration in the area of satellite systems, Earth remote sensing, and space debris research. This is the first agreement between the two countries to cover a partnership spanning five years, a period that allows for more ambitious plans and goals to be achieved.
On 4 December 2020, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) released photos showing China's national flag unfurled from the Chang'e-5 probe on the moon. The mission carried out by Chang'e-5 is the first moon-sample mission in over 40 years.