Despite sanctions, Russia and the U.S. will not curtail cooperation in the space sector said Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, speaking about RD-180 rocket engines, Interfax reports.
“We are conducting ourselves properly in relation to other countries and will carry out the obligations to which we have agreed. I don’t think we need to stop delivery of these engines. I think we’ll continue to ship them,” said the security official.
When the very first sanctions against Russia were introduced in order to defend Ukraine’s interests, Washington intended to develop its own engine to replace that supplied by Russia. It was assumed that the U.S. would stop using the engines by 2019.