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Russia to pull out of International Space Station

After 2024, according to Russia, it will stop participating in the ISS and construct its own station.

Yuri Borisov, the new director of Roskosmos, declared that Roskosmos will uphold all of its commitments up to that time.

Since 1998, the US and Russia have successfully collaborated on the ISS together with other partners.

However, since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ties have deteriorated, and Russia has already threatened to abandon the project as a result of Western sanctions.

The International Space Station (ISS), a cooperative venture of five space organizations, has been orbiting the planet since 1998 and has been the site of hundreds of scientific investigations.

Although it has been given the go-ahead to run until 2024, the US had hoped to extend it by another six years with the consent of all partners.

Mr. Borisov stated at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the project will be abandoned after 2024.

Putting together a Russian orbital station, according to Mr. Borisov, “I think that by this time,” he added, adding that it was his agency’s top goal.

“Good,” Mr. Putin said.

A senior NASA source told Reuters that the US agency had not been formally notified of Russia’s plans, thus it is now unclear what the move implies for the future of the ISS.

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