Saudi Arabia and Russia are preparing for a joint space manned mission, the Russian Government announced in a statement on Tuesday. The progress of the joint Russian-Saudi mission was discussed at the seventh meeting of the Russian-Saudi Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.
"Speaking about the work of the two countries in the field of space sharing, Alexander Novak, , noted the prospects of the ongoing work, in particular, on the training of astronauts and the development of a joint space manned mission," the Russian Government's press service quoted the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, co-chair of the meeting.
The seventh meeting of the Joint Russian-Saudi Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation was held under the co-chairman of Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak and Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia, Prince Abdel Aziz Ben Salman Al Saud.
In 2015, during the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Russia, a memorandum on joint intentions in space between King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and the Russian Space Agency was signed in Saint Petersburg to navigate the Kingdom's participation in Russian spaceflight and space exploration.
In 2017, during the historic visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to Russia in October, following the summit between the Saudi monarch and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two sides signed an agreement on cooperation between the two countries in the field of space exploration for peaceful purposes.
In 2019, the head of the ROSCOSMOS State Space Agency, Dmitry Rogozin, reported that talks had been held between Moscow and Riyadh about sending a Saudi astronaut to the International Space Station.