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Russia Halting Cooperation With International Space Station Until Sanctions Are Lifted [VIDEO]

Russia Halting Cooperation With International Space Station Until Sanctions Are Lifted [VIDEO]

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s globally unpopular invasion of Ukraine has literally taken the hostility between Russia and the West to stratospheric levels. Moscow says it will end cooperation with western countries over the International Space Station until sanctions are lifted.

The United States and other Western allies have not only increased sanctions, but they’ve also specifically targeted Putin and his defense minister. President Joe Biden has also promised a new round of sanctions that will only bring Russia even closer to the brink of financial collapse as Putin’s troops make quiet withdrawals from certain targets around Ukraine.

Russia’s space director said on Saturday that the restoration of normal ties between partners at the ISS and other joint space projects going forward would be possible with the end of the sanctions.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, said in a social media post that the aim of the sanctions was to “kill the Russian economy and plunge our people into despair and hunger, to get our country on its knees”. He added that they “won’t succeed in it, but the intentions are clear”.

Rogozin said Roscosmos’ proposals on when to end cooperation over the ISS with space agencies of the US, Canada, the EU, and Japan would soon be reported to Russian authorities. He has previously said that the sanctions could “destroy” the US-Russian partnership on the ISS.

 

Despite the tensions, a US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts safely landed in Kazakhstan on Wednesday after leaving the space station aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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