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The United States is disappointed that Russia is ending space cooperation

The United States is disappointed that Russia is ending space cooperation

After Russia invaded Ukraine, the space station became one of the few areas of cooperation between the two countries.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said it was disappointing that Russia did not extend the agreement on the space station.

– It is unfortunate because of the scientific work that was done on the International Space Station, he said.

The international station is a collaboration between the USA, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan and is nearing the end of its term. The project is initially slated to end after 2024, but NASA said its lifespan could be extended to 2030.

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Russia undertakes to abide by all agreements already concluded.



– Yuri Borisov said in a conversation with President Vladimir Putin, on Tuesday, that – of course we will fulfill all the obligations that we have to our partners, but the decision to leave the station after 2024 has been made.

Borisov is the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

By 2024, the Russians will be building their own space station, according to the Kremlin. However, many believe that this will be very difficult for Russia, especially if the West continues to impose sanctions on the country.

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The International Space Station was commissioned in 1998. It was at the time an optimistic view of the relationship between the United States and Russia, and ISS cooperation stood in stark contrast to the space race during the Cold War.

On July 4, three Russian cosmonauts aboard the space station stood holding the flag of the Luhansk People’s Republic, which is occupied by Russian forces. In February, it was speculated whether Russian cosmonauts were expressing support for Ukraine when they wore yellow and blue uniforms.

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The United States has not received official confirmation from Russia that it will leave the space station. They absolutely do not want to stop cooperation with Russia, says the director of the International Space Station at the US Space Agency, Robin Gatins.



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