Russia will not work with NASA and the European Space Agency on the International Space Station (ISS). Russia has announced that it will end cooperation on the International Space Station unless Western-led sanctions against it are lifted because of the attack on Ukraine.
Russia’s space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin said he would no longer work with NASA or the European Space Agency at the orbiting laboratory. He said that he would submit a time table to the Kremlin to complete the existing projects.
‘The purpose of sanctions is to destroy our economy’
“The sanctions from the US, Canada, the European Union and Japan are intended to block the financial, economic and production activities of our high-tech enterprises,” Rogozin said. “The purpose of the sanctions is to kill the Russian economy, to plunge our people into despair and hunger, and to bring our country to its knees,” he said. It is clear that they will not be able to do this, but their intentions are clear.
“That’s why 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 removal of illegal sanctions,” Rogozin said.
The Russian Space Agency chief said, “The specific proposals of Roscosmos will be communicated to the leadership of our country in the near future upon the completion of cooperation within the ISS with the space agencies of the United States, Canada, the European Union and Japan.” “
The ISS is the largest single structure ever built by humans in space. Since November 2000, a continuous multi-national crew has been stationed there, mostly from the US and Russia. According to the European Space Agency (ESA), it is not owned by a single nation and is a ‘cooperative program’ between Europe, the United States, Russia, Canada and Japan.
‘Information of restrictions given to other space agencies’
Rogozin said in a Twitter thread that he had written to each of the participating ISS countries’ space agencies regarding sanctions by their respective governments against Russia. He also shared the response of the space agencies, which included the response of the European Space Agency, which said that it would inform all the member states to discuss the matter.
“Nevertheless, the position of our partners is clear,” Rogozin said. The restrictions will not be lifted. At the same time, fearing the end of cooperation on the ISS, where Russia’s role is of fundamental importance in ensuring the viability and security of the station, Western partners make it clear that sanctions will, in fact, not work in the interest of the ISS.
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