© Reuters. Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov in yellow and blue flight suits arrive at the International Space Station after docking their Soyuz capsule on March 18, 2022, a still image from a video. Video taken on March 18, 2022. NA

(Reuters) – The Russian space agency on Saturday dismissed reports in Western media suggesting that Russian cosmonauts joining the International Space Station (ISS) had chosen to wear yellow suits with a blue trim in support of Ukraine.

“Sometimes yellow is just yellow,” Roscosmos’ press service said on its Telegram channel.

“The flight suits of the new crew are made in the colors of the emblem of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, where all three cosmonauts graduated … To see the Ukrainian flag everywhere and in everything is crazy.”

Director General of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, was more bitter, saying on his personal Telegram channel that Russian cosmonauts had no sympathy for Ukrainian nationalists.

During a live-streamed press conference from the ISS on Friday, veteran cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, the mission commander, was asked about the suits.

“Each team picks a color that looks different. It was our turn to pick a color,” he said. “The truth is, we had accumulated a lot of yellow dust, so we had to use it up. That’s why we had to wear yellow flight suits.”

On Saturday evening, he was quoted on Roscosmos’ Telegram channel that the suits had been made six months ago and that the three cosmonauts had chosen the colors of their alma mater.

“Color is just color. It has nothing to do with Ukraine,” he said. “In these days, even though we are in space, we are together with our president and people!”

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, which has a blue-and-yellow flag. Thousands of people have died, parts of towns have been destroyed and millions of Ukrainians have fled their homes in the ensuing fighting, the United Nations said.

Rogozin has suggested that US sanctions imposed in response to the invasion could destroy the teamwork of the ISS and cause the space station to fall out of orbit.

NASA officials have said American and Russian crew members are aware of events on Earth, but their work has not been affected by geopolitical tensions.

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