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Russia is threatening to leave the International Space Station over US sanctions

Head of the russian state space agency Roscosmos spoke to politicians about the frustrations of running the corporation while being sanctioned . Dmitry Rogozin said Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station project in 2025 if Washington continues to impose sanctions against the Russian space sector.

Russia will refuse to work with the US and deploy its own station in space if sanctions are not lifted immediately.

“Until 2025, Russia has obligations to participate in the ISS program,” said Dmitry Rogozin. “There are already several elements that have been seriously damaged and are out of service. Many of them are not replaceable. After 2025, we predict an avalanche-like failure of numerous elements on board the ISS.”

Russia is now making significant plans to explore space without the US . The Kremlin has long floated the idea of ROSS, an orbital space satellite just for Russians . President Vladimir Putin signed off on plans earlier this year, and once complete, it will consist of three to seven modules and will be able to carry up to four people . The ISS, which launched in 1998, is a joint project between NASA and Roscosmo, alongside JAXA, ESA and CSA.

Moscow doesn’t seem to want to go it alone in the universe.. The China National Space Administration and Russia signed a Memorandum of Understanding in March to create an international lunar research station.. The Russians say the moon base will be a complex of experimental and research facilities.

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