(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.
Keep your Space Lada Soyuz, bad rations, and mid-20th century engineering.
Russia to pull out of International Space Station in 2024 https://t.co/qJueMo36D4
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 26, 2022
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.