The head of the Russian Space Agency said on Monday that Moscow hopes that the United States will lift sanctions on Russian companies in exchange for continuing to participate in the work of the International Space Station (ISS) after 2025.
According to Interfax news agency, Russian Space Agency Director Dmitry Rogozin said: “If we want to cooperate, we must immediately lift the sanctions.”
The head of Roscosmos said that if the United States does not lift sanctions, Russia will rely on its own space station.
Moscow recently questioned its involvement in the management of the 20-year-old International Space Station (ISS) after 2025.
Rogozin said in April that Russia has begun to build its own space station. Several Russian aerospace companies have been sanctioned by the United States due to Russia’s support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.
On the other hand, the US Department of Defense announced that it no longer wants to use Russian rockets to launch satellites.
Roskosmos complained that due to sanctions, the strength of Russian companies in the international market is weakening.
Rogozin said at the Duma hearing that if Washington continues sanctions, it should be responsible for Russia’s withdrawal from the International Space Station.
He added that Russia hopes to determine the “further fate of the International Space Station” after the United States lifts sanctions.
Rogozin also said that Russia has already begun construction of the first section of the space station, and the rocket production plant Energija will be ready for launch within four years.
ISS is a joint project of NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA of Japan, European Space Agency (ESA) and CSA of Canada.