Russia will now build its own space station after Vladimir Putin withdrew his country from the ISS project.

Once all of its responsibilities to partners have been met, the Kremlin will leave after 2024.

At a meeting on Tuesday with Roscosmos Director General Yuri Borisov and Russian President Vladimir Putin, this was revealed.

The Russian orbital station, the new space agency that the Russian Federation will establish, will then start to take shape by 2024.

“The industry is in a terrible condition, and I consider my major responsibility, with my colleagues, as not to decline, but to raise the bar and, in the first instance, give the Russian economy the essential space services,” Borisov stated.

In reaction to the sanctions placed on Russia as a result of its invasion of Ukraine, cooperation on the ISS was suspended in Russia back in April.

The leader of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, deemed this to be unacceptable and withdrew from collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency.

According to him, sanctions will destroy the Russian economy, “threaten people with starvation and misery, and bring our nation to its knees.”

He stated he would think about collaborating with the partners once more if the sanctions were repealed.

In a statement earlier in July, NASA stated it “strongly rebukes” Russia for its ongoing war in Ukraine-related political behaviour aboard the space station.

The declaration appears to be in response to photos that Roscosmos released showing three Russian cosmonauts on the station waving flags for the purported Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

It was “a freedom day to rejoice both on Earth and in space,” they claimed, when the area was taken.

The two areas are in eastern Ukraine and have been controlled by Russian military despite being recognised as Ukrainian territory by western countries. Russia argues it is their soil, just like Syria does.

The Luhansk People’s Republic government was congratulated by Roscosmos in a post on its Telegram social media network for capturing the city.

It is unclear whether this conflict contributed to Russia’s withdrawal or if other external forces were to blame.

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