Russia will leave the International Space Station after 2024

Russia will retire from the International Space Station after 2024 and focus on building its own outpost in orbit, the country’s new space chief said on Tuesday.

Yuri Borisov, who was named head of state-controlled space company Roscosmos earlier this month, told a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia would fulfill its obligations to other partners. of the International Space Station before leaving the project.

“The decision to leave the station after 2024 has been made,” Borisov said.

Borisov’s statement reaffirmed previous statements by Russian space officials about Moscow’s intention to leave the space outpost after 2024.

The move comes amid growing tensions between Russia and the West over the Kremlin’s military action in Ukraine.

Despite the rift, NASA and Roscosmos reached an agreement earlier this month for astronauts to continue flying Russian rockets and for Russian cosmonauts to fly to the International Space Station with SpaceX starting this fall.

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