Russia will END cooperation on the International space station and will NOT work with Nasa or European Space Agency
Russia has announced it will end co-operation on the International Space station until Western-led sanctions over its Ukraine invasion are lifted.
The head of the country’s space agency said it will no longer work with NASA or the European Space Agency on the orbiting laboratory.
The move was revealed by Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin on Twitter.
He said he will submit a timetable for completion of current projects to the Kremlin
Rogozin said: ‘I believe that the restoration of normal relations between partners in the International Space Station and other joint projects is possible only with the complete and unconditional lifting of illegal sanctions.
‘Specific proposals of Roscosmos on the timing of the completion of cooperation within the framework of he ISS with the space agencies of the United States, Canada, the European Union and Japan will be reported to the leadership of our country in the near future.’
The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest single structure ever put into space by humans.
It has been continuously occupied by a multi-national crew, mostly from the US and Russia, since November 2000.
It is not owned by one single nation and is a ‘co-operative programme’ between Europe, the United States, Russia, Canada and Japan, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).
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