Moscow will withdraw from the International Space Station project in 2025 if Washington continues to impose sanctions against the Russian space sector, with the country now making significant plans to explore space without the US.
That’s according to Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the state space agency Roscosmos, who spoke on Monday to politicians about the frustrations of running the corporation while being sanctioned.
“The ball is in the court of our American partners. If sanctions against the Progress Rocket and Space Center and TsNIIMash remain in place, the issue of Russia’s withdrawal from the ISS will be the responsibility of our American partners,” he said.
He went on to explain that sanctions must be lifted immediately; otherwise, Russia will refuse to work with the US and will deploy its own station in space.
The ISS, which launched in 1998, is a joint project between NASA and Roscosmos, alongside JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada). Each expedition is dominated by astronauts and cosmonauts from the US and Russia.
However, despite Moscow’s active participation in the ISS, the Kremlin has long floated the idea of ROSS, an orbital space satellite just for Russians. President Vladimir Putin signed off on plans earlier this year, and once complete, it will consist of three to seven modules and will be able to carry up to four people.