Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said Russia will not participate in any missions or maintenance of the International Space Station until sanctions on the country are lifted
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Russia will end its longstanding cooperation with Western countries on the International Space Station (ISS) until sanctions are lifted.
Roskosmos boss Dmitry Rogozin has announced that the Russian leadership will soon be presented with a timetable for the completion of the ISS project.
The announcement, prompted by international sanctions over the war in Ukraine, is a major blow to the future of space exploration.
The space station requires constant maintenance to maintain a stable orbit, and without Russia’s contribution, it could be decommissioned much earlier than originally planned.
The announcement ends 23 years of international collaboration.
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Rogozin said: “Sanctions by the United States, Canada, the European Union and Japan are aimed at blocking the financial, economic and manufacturing activities of our high-tech companies.
“The purpose of the sanctions is to kill the Russian economy, plunge our people into despair and hunger, and bring our country to its knees. It’s clear they won’t be able to, but the intentions are clear.
“Therefore, I believe that restoring normal relations between partners in the International Space Station and other joint projects is only possible with the full and unconditional lifting of illegal sanctions.
“Specific proposals from Roscosmos at the time of completing cooperation within the framework of the ISS with the space agencies of the United States, Canada, the European Union and Japan will be presented to the leadership of our country in the near future.”
He said Russia’s cooperation on the project was “vital” to ensure its “security.”
The ISS is the largest single structure ever launched by humans and has been manned by a multinational crew without interruption since 2000.
Europe, the United States, Russia, Canada and Japan jointly own the station.
The Russians waited until after the safe landing of a capsule carrying a US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts in Kazakhstan on Wednesday to make the announcement.
The flight that brought NASA’s Mark Vande Hei and Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov back to Earth had been closely watched to see if the escalating dispute spilled over into a long-standing collaboration in space between the two former Cold War adversaries would have.
Russia’s Roscosmos space agency broadcast footage of the landing from the Kazakh steppe and said a group of technical and medical specialists had been dispatched to help the astronauts out of the capsule.
“The crew feels good after landing, according to rescuers,” Rogozin wrote on Telegram Messenger on Wednesday.
According to NASA, it is not clear what will happen to cosmonauts Sergey Korsakov, Oleg Artemyev and Denis Mateev currently on the ISS.
In announcing US economic sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration on February 24, US President Joe Biden ordered high-tech export restrictions against Russia, which he said were aimed at smothering the aerospace industry, including the space program “degrade”.
Roscosmos’ Rogozin then lashed out in a series of Twitter posts that US sanctions could “destroy” the ISS
Teamwork and cause the space station to fall from orbit.
The following week, Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti published a video parody showing cosmonauts waving
Say goodbye to Vande Hei before the Russian ISS module detaches from the space station and, to the applause of Russian Mission Control officials, flies away without him, sending the rest of the orbiting station sinking lower.
The clip, described by RIA Novosti as “weird,” alludes to Russian singer Lev Leshchenko’s Russian-language love ballad “Goodbye.”
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