Russia to quit ISS after 2024, intends to build its own

TEHRAN, Jul. 27 (MNA) – The head of Moscow Space Agency announced on Tuesday that his country will leave International Space Station (ISS) after 2024.

As tensions continue to grow between Russia and the West over the ongoing war in Ukraine, Moscow has announced it will quit the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024.

The decision, reported by the Russian media, was announced during a meeting between Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and Yuri Borisov, the newly-appointed Director-General of Roscosmos - Russia’s space agency, Euronews reported.

The announcement, while generally seen as bad news for international cooperation in space, does not mean Russia is giving up its galactic ambitions with Moscow suggesting it will create a new orbital station of its own.

Borisov, who replaced predecessor Dmitry Rogozin after he was personally removed as head of Roscosmos by Putin earlier this month, called the decision to go solo and build Russia’s own space station "raising the bar" in the space industry and the programme’s main "priority".

"Of course, we will fulfill all our obligations to our partners, but the decision to leave this station after 2024 has been made," said Borisov.

Tensions had mounted in the wake of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine in February and the subsequent sanctions imposed on Russia, with a war of words erupting between NASA and Roscosmos over the future of the ISS.

Tensions between the Russian and American space organizations peaked when US President Joe Biden announced that sanctions against Moscow due to the conflicts in Ukraine would also include the country's space program.

International cooperation on the station will continue between NASA, Japan’s JAXA, Europe’s ESA, and Canada’s CSA space agencies.

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