Russia opts lunar project with China over continued cooperation with ISS partners. Russia is set to sign a memorandum of understanding with China to cooperate on a vision for an international lunar research station.
The office of Roscosmos press to SpaceNews in an e-mail said, Roscosmos has completed the national procedure for harmonizing the memorandum of understanding between the government of the Russian Federation and the government of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation to establish the International Lunar Research Station. The signing date for the above-mentioned MoU has not yet been determined and is currently being discussed with Chinese partners.
A decree of the government of the Russian Federation on the move has been issued online February 11th.
The Roscosmos press office said the official announcement of the plan to establish the International Lunar Research Station is expected to coincide with one of the upcoming international events. St. Petersburg is due to host the 2021 World Space Exploration Conference in June.