It is important for America and Russia to work together in any space program, because it will both give the countries a common ground to work towards something in important. That is, the space program is an important asset for America and Russia, and by working together, will help keep each country close.
The space program is a specific scientific endeavour. It is for the betterment of science and mankind. The governments in charge of the countries, however, could not be further different. The United States should always keep in mind the ramifications that a nation such as Russia, though different from the Soviet Union, is practically still run by a dictator. If rights of human beings are taken away and those citizens harmed, the United States must take a stand, despite being allies in space.
I do not believe the Russian and American governments should imitate their space programs. I think it would be better for us to have one large program that serves as many countries as would like to join. Space exploration is expensive, but we could implement more studies and more research if more money was pooled together.
Russia and America need to keep their own ideas and go with different approaches that way there will be no confusion in the future, so America have their way of the space programs and Russia have theirs. Because when you try to bring two different opinions together, sometimes it do not work out for the best.