ISLAMABAD, July 25 (Alliance News): The newly appointed head of Russia’s space agency told President Vladimir Putin that Russia has decided to withdraw from the International Space Station after 2024.
According to foreign media, this announcement came after the tension between Russia and Western countries as a result of the strict sanctions imposed on Moscow in response to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. Yes, Russia and the US have worked side by side on the International Space Station, which has been in orbit since 1998.
Yuri Borisov, who was appointed head of Roscosmos in mid-July, told President Putin that “of course we will fulfill all our obligations to our partners, but it has been decided to leave the station after 2024”.
He said, “I think that by then we will start working on the preparation of a Russian orbital space station,” which he called the main priority of the Russian space program, in response to which Vladimir Putin supported the idea.
Yuri Borisov, a former deputy prime minister with a military background, replaces Dmitry Rogozin, a nationalist politician known for his sarcastic remarks and eccentric behavior.
So far, space exploration has been one of the few areas in which Russia’s cooperation with the US and its allies has not been affected by tensions over Ukraine and other issues.
Yuri Borisov warned that the space industry was facing a “difficult situation”, citing navigation, communications and data transmission, adding that we would support the Russian economy by providing essential space services.
Major achievements of the Russian space program include sending the first man into space in 1961 and launching the first satellite 4 years ago, and are considered a major source of national pride in Russia.
However, the Russian space agency has faced several setbacks in recent years, including corruption scandals and the loss of several satellites and spacecraft.