Russia announced it will withdraw from the International Space Station due to the sanctions being imposed on Moscow amid its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
“The decision has been taken already, we’re not obliged to talk about it publicly,” Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin said Sunday.
He added that Russia will give a year’s notice to any and all space station partners before its official departure, “in accordance with our obligations.”
“I consider this state of affairs unacceptable. Sanctions from the US, Canada, the European Union and Japan are aimed at blocking financial, economic and production activities of our high-tech enterprises,” he recently tweeted, per Just the News. “I believe that the restoration of normal relations between partners in the International Space Station and other joint projects is possible only with the complete and unconditional lifting of illegal sanctions.”
The Space Station is the final significant space project on which Moscow is working with other space agencies, including NASA.