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To: 07/26/2022 21:59

Russia wants to leave the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024. This was announced by the new head of the space agency, Borisov. Cooperation with the United States was called into question several times during the Ukrainian war.

Russia plans to leave the International Space Station after 2024. The new head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, Yuri Borisov, said during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Tensions between Moscow and Washington

“Of course, we will fulfill all our obligations to our partners, but the decision to leave this station after 2024 has been taken,” Borisov said. Former Deputy Prime Minister Borissov has been at the head of the Russian space agency since mid-July, succeeding the agency’s boss Dmitry Rogozin.

Rogozin has repeatedly questioned cooperation with the United States, also in view of political tensions between Moscow and Washington following the war in Ukraine. After the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, the West imposed a series of sanctions on Russia. However, the collaboration continued on the ISS.

Borissov said that before the exit, the construction of a Russian space station should be started. The ISS had recently aged and repeatedly caused a stir due to breakdowns. Rogozin had not previously ruled out decoupling the Russian module from the ISS and continuing to operate it autonomously. He also indicated a possible use of the station for military Earth observation.

NASA: No official notification yet

US space agency NASA said Roscosmos has yet to officially communicate the decision. “We have not received any official notification from our Russian partners,” said Robyn Gatens, ISS director based at NASA Headquarters. She also clarified that the United States had no interest in ending cooperation with Russia: the Russians, like everyone else involved, had always been good partners and, as agreed, they wanted to continue like this until at the end of the decade.

US astronaut Kjell Lindgren spoke from the ISS itself: The crew hasn’t yet received official notification either, he said. However, they will continue to work together successfully on the ISS to achieve scientific results and ensure the safety of the crew and the space station.

After the war of aggression against Ukraine ordered by Kremlin chief Putin, Western countries also imposed sanctions on the Russian space industry. The ISS is a joint project of the United States, Canada, Japan, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia. It is divided into a Russian segment and an American segment.

With information from Sebastian Hesse, ARD Studio Washington

Source www.tagesschau.de

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