Cosmic-scale isolation: Russia will leave the ISS and build its own station

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Russia will leave the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024 and focus on building its own station, according to TheGuardian.

Space-scale isolation: Russia will leave the ISS and build its own station

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This was announced on July 26 by the head of the space department. This will put an end to a symbolic 20-year orbital partnership between Moscow and the West.

Yuri Borisov, the country's newly appointed head of cosmonautics, said during a meeting with Vladimir Putin that Russia will fulfill its obligations to its partners in the ISS, before rather than withdraw from the project.

“The decision to leave the station after 2024 has been made,” Borisov said, to which Putin replied: “Good.”

Borisov's statement confirmed earlier statements by Dmitry Rogozin about Moscow's intention to leave the station after 2024. Previously, Rogozin threatened to end the partnership if the US, EU and Canada did not lift sanctions on enterprises associated with the Russian space industry.

The first version of the ISS was launched in 1998, and astronauts from a number of Western countries and Russia lived permanently there since 2002, the longest continuous human presence in low Earth orbit in history.

The station was seen as a symbol of the partnership between the two space superpowers, Russia and the United States, after the end of the Cold War. Speaking in 2001 with then US President George W. Bush, Putin called the ISS an example of “very successful” bilateral ties between the two countries.

Shortly after Borisov's meeting with Putin, the country's space agency, Roskosmos, posted on its social media an image of what it says is a plan to set up its own orbital outpost. The plan stated that the space station would initially host two Russian astronauts, and eventually their number would increase to four.

On July 26, a senior NASA official told Reuters that Russia had not announced its intention to withdraw from the ISS.

Despite widespread condemnation of Russia's actions in Ukraine, space has remained one of the last areas of cooperation between Moscow and the West.

Earlier this month, NASA and Roscosmos entered into an agreement that astronauts will continue to fly on Russian rockets, and Russian cosmonauts will fly to the ISS with the help of the private American rocket company SpaceX, starting in the fall.

The agreement ensures that there will always be at least one American and one a Russian to keep both sides of the outpost running smoothly.

Nevertheless, Borisov's latest announcement of his retirement from the ISS came as no surprise, given Moscow's growing isolation.

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