MOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of Russia’s space agency on Monday suggested Moscow would withdraw from the International Space Station in 2025 unless Washington lifts space sanctions that hamper Russian satellite launches.
Roscosmos leader Dmitry Rogozin is speaking to members of parliament ahead of a summit in Geneva later this month between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden.
Rogozin said Moscow was struggling to launch some satellites due to US sanctions. This means that Russia cannot import some of the microchip kits needed for the space program.
“We have more than enough rockets. But there is nothing to shoot at,” Rogozin said, with senior Russian officials infrequently admitting that Western sanctions have seriously hampered the development of an industry.
“We have a spaceship that is almost assembled. But they don̵7;t have specific microchip kits that we won’t be able to buy because of the sanctions.”
The United States and other Western countries began to impose sanctions on Russia following the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. cyber attack and the poisoning of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Moscow’s allegations denied.
Rogozin, which is subject to US personal sanctions. And the European Union said Russia could withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) in 2025 unless Washington lifts sanctions on Russian space contractors soon.
“This is in the hands of our American partners,” he said.
The ISS was launched in 1998 as a multinational program and consists of two parts: the Russian part and the other used by the United States and other space agencies.
NASA, US space agency It favors continuing to use the ISS until at least 2030, and agency head Bill Nelson told CNN last week that a Russian exit could ignite a new space race with Russia and China facing the United States.
Relations between Moscow and Washington fell to new lows after the Cold War earlier this year. After US President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “killer” and imposed broader sanctions on Russia. including the sovereign bond market
(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Edited by Andrew Osborn)