Russia Pulls out of ISS

Russia said on Saturday that they will leave the International Space Station as early as 2025 due to economic sanctions imposed on Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.

Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin said that he had already affirmed the decision.

“The decision has been taken already, we’re not obliged to talk about it publicly. I can say this only — in accordance with our obligations, we’ll inform our partners about the end of our work on the ISS with a year’s notice,” Rogozin said on state television.

NASA said in March that Russia was committed to the ISS, despite threats from Rogozin that it would halt cooperation on the station.

Rogozin has threatened on multiple occasions to pull out of the space station and let it fall back to Earth in an uncontrolled deorbit in protest of sanctions on Russia.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, the US has imposed an array of economic sanctions against Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and other members of Putin’s inner circle.

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