Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station project after 2024, director

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Russia will refuse International Space Station project “after 2024” and will focus on creating its own post, the newly appointed space chief said on Tuesday.

Yuri Borisov, appointed earlier this month to head the Moscow space corporation Roskosmos, told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia would fulfill its partnership commitments before leaving in less than two years.

The International Space Station photographed by the Expedition 56 crew from the Soyuz spacecraft after undocking.  Image of the ISS as of October.  4, 2018.

The International Space Station photographed by the Expedition 56 crew from the Soyuz spacecraft after undocking. Image of the ISS as of October. 4, 2018.
(NASA)

IRREGULAR BEHAVIOR OF RUSSIA’S LEADERSHIP COULD END RED LINE IN SPACE PARTNERSHIP, SAYS FORMER COSMONAUT

“The decision to leave the station after 2024 has been made,” Borisov said, according to reports on Tuesday.

The announcement comes after months of speculation that Moscow would withdraw from international space cooperation amid the controversial war in Ukraine, ending a 30-year partnership after it was first invited to join the International Space Station in December 1993.

Although, according to Robin Gateens, director of the International Space Station Division at NASA Headquarters, she received without official notice from Roscosmos to terminate its participation in the International Space Station, Space News Inc. first reported.

In spite of a sharp decline in international relations Between Moscow and Western countries, NASA and Roscosmos earlier this month agreed to put geopolitics aside and signed a partnership agreement to benefit the astronaut community.

In this promotional photo published by the Roscosmos Space Agency, the Soyuz-2.1 launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft with actress Yulia Peresild, film director Klim Shipenko and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov aboard the International Space Station (ISS) takes off at the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, October.  5, 2021.

In this promotional photo published by the Roscosmos Space Agency, the Soyuz-2.1 launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft with actress Yulia Peresild, film director Klim Shipenko and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov aboard the International Space Station (ISS) takes off at the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, October. 5, 2021.
(Roscosmos Space Agency via AP)

CHINA IS ALMOST FINISHED WITH THE CREATION OF ITS OWN SPACE STATION

The deal would allow Russian cosmonauts to fly American-made spacecraft in exchange for American astronauts being able to fly Russian spacecraft.

The agreement, which will go into effect this fall, will mean there will always be at least one American and one Russian aboard the space station so that both sides can watch the outpost.

This photo provided by SpaceX shows the SpaceX crew sitting on the Dragon spacecraft on Friday, April 8, 2022, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

This photo provided by SpaceX shows the SpaceX crew sitting on the Dragon spacecraft on Friday, April 8, 2022, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
(SpaceX via hotspot)

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American astronaut Frank Rubio is still set to fly to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan in September, along with two Russians.

Later that month, Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina will join two Americans and one Japanese aboard a SpaceX rocket launching from Florida.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.