Relations have been strained between Russia and the United States over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.
The crew aboard the International Space Station is conducting troubleshooting and fix work today after the discovery of a tiny leak last night traced to the Russian segment of the orbital complex.
In 2016, NASA stated that the Agency has no plans to renew the contract with "Roskosmos" for delivery of astronauts to the ISS after 2018.
Russia's manned space programme director Sergei Krikalev said the leak was patched up with a sealant that is "already proving to be airtight".
Before you panic for the fearless astronauts that live up there six months of the year, the incident, was possibly caused by a micrometeorite strike, only left a 2mm hole in a capsule docked at the station.
On Wednesday night, flight controllers detected a tiny leak on one of two Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the complex, as the Expedition 56 crew slept.
"As the teams were discussing options, flight controllers in Moscow performed a partial increase of the station's atmosphere using the ISS Progress 70 cargo ship's oxygen supply".
The Soyuz is one of two docked at the orbiting lab, having arrived at the ISS in June carrying three astronauts.
After agreeing that yes, the station was probably hit, and yes, there was probably a hole somewhere in the station, they decided the best course of action would be to let the ISS crew go to bed and deal with it in the morning. The makeshift repairs seem to have stabilized the situation, at least for now, officials said. This is a section of the Soyuz that does not return to Earth. "This is a section of the Soyuz that does not return to Earth", NASA said.