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Russia will withdraw from ISS in 2024

Kazakhstan Space Station
This photo provided by NASA shows U.S. astronaut Jeff Williams, left, and Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin, center, and Oleg Skripochka, of Roscosmos, inside the Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft a few moments after they landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The record-setting American and his Russian colleagues safely back on Earth after a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

(RUSSIA) – Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024 and will ‘focus on building its own orbiting outpost’, stated the newly appointed space chief Yuri Borisov.

Borisov advised Russia’s President Putin that they would honor all obligations and fulfill commitments towards the ISS prior to departing, according to sources.

“The decision to leave the station after 2024 has been made”, said Borisov. “I think that by this time we will start putting together a Russian orbital station.”

“Good,” responded Putin.

Russia and the US worked together since the establishment of the ISS in 1998 and equally contributed to various scientific endeavors accomplished during that time.

Tensions between the two have elevated throughout the years, due to Western sanctions and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The US wanted to extend the operation of the ISS for ‘six more years’, as long as it withheld the agreement of all partners.

It is currently unknown what Russia’s departure would mean for the ISS, and according to reports, the US agency was not informed prior to Russia’s public announcement.

Staff Writer, Julianna Caban, contributed to the story.