Europe’s space chief says cooperation with Russia will continue, but experts aren’t so sure

Business with Russia continues as usual amid the escalating situation in Ukraine, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) chief said on Friday (Feb. 25). But it’s unclear if the partnership can survive Russia’s recent aggression, experts say.

On Friday, ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher released a statement via Twitter addressing the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the agency’s cooperation with the aggressor nation. In the statement, Aschbacher said that, while the agency is “closely monitoring what’s happening” in Ukraine, all of its partnerships with Russia continue as planned for now, including preparations for the launch of the ExoMars rover Rosalind Franklin, which is expected to take place in September this year from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.