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[BREAKING] Russia Suspends ISS Cooperation With NASA, ESA; Here’s What Roscosmos Demands

Russia officially suspends its ISS cooperation with NASA and ESA. Roscosmos’ head, Dimitry Rogozin’s head has already hinted that he is planning to end their cooperation at the International Space Station. 

Russia Suspends ISS Cooperation With NASA, ESA; Here's What Roscosmos Demands

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and the State space corporation Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin (L) listen to Director of Russian rocket engine manufacturer NPO Energomash Igor Arbuzov in Khimki, outside Moscow on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Alexey NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / AFP)

Now, his threats are coming true as he announces that the Russian space agency will no longer work with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the European Space Agency.

“The restoration of normal relations between partners in the International Space Station and other joint projects is possible only with the complete and unconditional lifting of illegal sanctions,” said Rogozin via his official Twitter announcement.

Russia Suspends ISS Cooperation

According to Business Insider‘s latest report, Roscomos will suspend its partnership with ESA, CSA (Canadian Space Agency), and ESA.

Russia Suspends ISS Cooperation With NASA, ESA; Here's What Roscosmos Demands

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In this handout photo provided by NASA, the Canadarm2 (center) and solar array panel wings on the International Space Station are extended during the mission’s first planned session of extravehicular activity (EVA) while Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-118) was docked with the International Space Station August 11, 2007 in Space.

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Before Roscosmos’ head announced this decision, he first sent a letter to its space partners, asking them to lift the sanctions imposed against Russia.

Although NASA and other Roscosmos partners responded to Rogozin’s demand, lifting the sanctions for Russia’s rocket engine sales is not included. 

Dimitry explained that the restrictions affect his country’s rocket and space industry. The Russian space agency official added that the sanctions implemented by the United States and other countries are bringing Russia into despair since it affects the Russian economy.

What NASA, ESA, CSA Sent To Russia

Rogozin said that NASA, CSA, and ESA had already sent their responses to his sanction lift request. Dimitry even spotted that all the letters sent by Roscosmos’ partners are carbon copies of one another. 

This means that all their statements are the same. In the letter of NASA, the international space agency said that the U.S. will continue to support the space cooperation of Russia, Canada, Japan, and Europe at the International Space Station. 

NASA added that it would work with relevant U.S. federal agencies and departments to maintain the ongoing cooperation. But, the current sanctions against Russia were not mentioned at all. 

You can view his official Twitter thread if you want to see further details about Rogozin’s latest announcement. 

On Feb. 22, Rogozin warned that the U.S. sanctions might affect  Roscosmos ISS cooperation . 

On the other hand, space experts showed what would happen if Roscosmos left the International Space Station. 

For more news updates about Roscosmos and its ISS cooperation suspension, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes.  

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