Russia’s area director mentioned on Saturday that the restoration of regular ties between companions on the International Space Station (ISS) and different joint area tasks could be potential solely as soon as Western sanctions in opposition to Moscow are lifted.
Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, mentioned in a social media submit that the purpose of the sanctions is to “kill Russian economy and plunge our people into despair and hunger, to get our country on its knees”. He added, “they won’t succeed in it, but the intentions are clear”.
“That’s why I believe that the restoration of normal relations between the partners at the International Space Station (ISS) and other projects is possible only with full and unconditional removal of illegal sanctions,” Rogozin mentioned.
Rogozin added that Roscosmos’ prosposals on when to finish cooperation over the ISS with area businesses of the United States, Canada, the European Union and Japan will quickly be reported to Russian authorities. He has beforehand mentioned that the sanctions may “destroy” the U.S.-Russian partnership on the ISS.
The West has launched sweeping sanctions in opposition to Russia over what Moscow calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine, launched on Feb. 24.
Despite the tensions, a U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts safely landed in Kazakhstan on Wednesday after leaving the area station aboard the identical capsule.
The European Space Agency mentioned final month it was suspending cooperation with Roscosmos over the ExoMars rover mission to seek for indicators of life on the floor of Mars.
British satellite tv for pc enterprise OneWeb mentioned final month it had contracted with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to ship its satellites into orbit after calling off a March four launch of 36 satellites from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan due to last-minute calls for imposed on it by Moscow.
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