At a meeting with Putin, Yuri Borisov said that Russia would stop cooperation on the International Space Station soon.
Recently appointed head of the Russian corporation “Roskosmos” former Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. At this meeting, the new head of Roskosmos announced that the Russian Federation would leave the ISS after 2024, according to Russian media.
At a meeting with Putin, Borisov announced that Russia would withdraw from the ISS project in a couple of years, and also outlined the future plans for the Russian space industry. According to Borisov, Russia will fulfill all the obligations that the country has assumed as part of the work on the ISS, but after 2024 the orbital station will remain operating without the participation of the Russian Federation.
Borisov also told Putin that by 2024 Russia will begin build their own space station and the future plans of the Russian space program are aimed at the exploration of space by their astronauts.
At the same time, according to the press service of Roscosmos in its Telegram channel, during 2022-2024, 3 Russian astronauts will fly to the ISS on spacecraft Crew Dragon from SpaceX, and 3 American astronauts will be delivered into orbit by the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. A total of 6 flights, two per year, according to an agreement with NASA, should begin as early as 2022 and end in 2024.
In September of this year, American astronaut Francisco Rubio will fly to the ISS on a Russian spacecraft, and Russian astronaut Anna Kikina on an American ship. There are also plans to fly into orbit in the spring of 2023 on the Soyuz spacecraft of the American Laurel O'Hara, and on the Crew Dragon spacecraft – Russian Andrey Fedyaev.
Focus already wrote that Putin fired Dmitry Rogozin from the post of head of Roskosmos. Interestingly, like Yuri Borisov, before his appointment in 2018, Rogozin also worked in the Russian government and was also responsible for the Russian military-industrial complex.
Dmitry Rogozin, after the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions against the Russian Federation because of that, has repeatedly frightened the United States and other partner countries in the ISS that the station would not only not be able to work without the support of the Russian side, but would even fall to Earth.< /p>
NASA took these threats seriously and began to look for ways to mitigate the consequences of a possible withdrawal of the Russian Federation from cooperation in orbit. One such option, as Focus has already written, is to use American cargo spacecraft to maintain a stable ISS orbit. So far, this function is performed by Russian ships.
The fact that Russia intends to leave the ISS became known back in May of this year. As Focus already wrote, according to Rogozin’s statement, the decision has already been made and this is a response to the sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation.
Despite such statements by the Russian side, cooperation on the ISS has not stopped even in June of this year, for the first time since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Federation sent a cargo ship with equipment and supplies to the station, as Focus already wrote.