NASA has suspended contracts with Russia due to Ukraine crisis
Due to Russia’s ongoing violations of Ukraine’s sovereign and territorial integrity, NASA said that it is suspending all contact with Russian government representatives. NASA said that the suspension includes travel to Russia, teleconferences, and visits by Russian government officials to NASA facilities, and e-mails, according to The Verge.
The ongoing International Space Station activities are not included in the suspension. The decision was made by agency associate administrator for International and Interagency Relations Michael O’Brien.
Here is a portion of the memo that was sent to The Verge:
“Given Russia’s ongoing violation of Ukraine¹s sovereignty and territorial integrity, until further notice, the U.S. Government has determined that all NASA contacts with Russian Government representatives are suspended, unless the activity has been specifically excepted. This suspension includes NASA travel to Russia and visits by Russian Government representatives to NASA facilities, bilateral meetings, email, and teleconferences or videoconferences. At the present time, only operational International Space Station activities have been excepted. In addition, multilateral meetings held outside of Russia that may include Russian participation are not precluded under the present guidance.”