Russia has announced it will stop working with the West on the International Space Station until sanctions are lifted

2022-09-06 0 By

Russia said it will halt cooperation with western countries on the International Space Station project until sanctions are lifted, Reuters reported Tuesday.Moscow – Normal relations between the International Space Station and other joint space program partners will only be possible after Western sanctions against Moscow are lifted, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Saturday.Mr Rogozin said on social media that western sanctions were aimed at “strangling the Russian economy, driving our people into despair and hunger and bringing our country to its knees”.”While their intentions are clear, they will not succeed,” he added.Rogozin said: “This is why I believe that normal relations between the International Space Station and our partners in other projects can only be restored if illegal sanctions are completely and unconditionally lifted.”Rogozin said roscosmos would soon submit recommendations to Russian authorities on when to end cooperation with the SPACE agencies of the United States, Canada, the European Union and Japan on the International Space Station.He has previously said sanctions could “destroy” the US-Russian partnership on the International Space Station.The report noted that the West imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia after it launched a “special military operation” against Ukraine on February 24.But despite the tensions, an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts landed safely in Kazakhstan on Wednesday after leaving the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.Foreign media released the scene footage, the three astronauts on the way back to Earth in the capsule happy gesture, us astronaut Mark Van der Hay after landing out of the capsule, a smiling thumbs-up to the camera.”Welcome back, Mark!” popped up on the main screen at Russian mission Control as the Soyuz spacecraft passed.(Source: Global Times New Media)