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Russia says it will suspend ISS cooperation unless sanctions are lifted


Russia says it will suspend ISS cooperation unless sanctions are lifted
Russia says it will suspend ISS cooperation unless sanctions are lifted

Russia says it will end cooperation with other nations on the International Space Station until the sanctions put on the country are lifted. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, announced in a thread on Twitter that the “restoration of normal relations between partners” on the ISS and other projects is only possible with the “complete and unconditional lifting of illegal sanctions.”

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In translated versions of his tweets, Rogozin says he appealed the sanctions in letters to NASA, the European Space Agency, as well as the Canadian Space Agency. Rogozin also posted images of what appears to be each country’s response — the CSA confirmed the letter’s authenticity to The Verge but declined to comment any further. The Verge also reached out to the ESA but didn’t immediately hear back.

While NASA didn’t directly confirm the letter’s authenticity, the agency did acknowledge Rogozin’s comments and maintains that the ISS is still operating with Roscosmos’ input. “NASA is aware of recent comments regarding the International Space Station. U.S. sanctions and export control measures continue to allow U.S.-Russia civil space cooperation on the space station,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson’s statement reads. “The professional relationship between our international partners, astronauts and cosmonauts continues for the safety and mission of all on board the ISS.”

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