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Russia has threatened to end cooperation with other countries on the International Space Station (ISS) until sanctions imposed on the country after the invasion of Ukraine are lifted.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said on Twitter that the “restoration of normal relations between partners” on the ISS and other projects is only possible with the “full and unconditional lifting of unlawful penalties”.

“The position of our partners is clear: the sanctions will not be lifted,” Rogozin said on Saturday evening.

“The purpose of the sanctions is to kill the Russian economy, to plunge our people into despair and hunger and to bring our country to its knees.”

Roscosmos will soon determine a date on which to end Russia’s involvement with the ISS.

In his tweets, Rogozin said he had called for the lifting of sanctions in letters to NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

“The head of NASA, Senator (Bill) Nelson, the head of the European Space Agency, Josef Aschbacher, and the head of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Lisa Campbell, responded to my call asking them to lifting of sanctions against several companies in the Russian rocket and space industry,” he added on Twitter.

In response, NASA Administrator Nelson said, “The United States continues to support international governmental space cooperations, especially those associated with the operation of the ISS with Russia, Canada, the Europe and Japan”.

“New and existing U.S. export control measures continue to enable U.S.-Russian cooperation to ensure continued safe operations of the ISS,” he added.

The CSA responded to Rogozin’s request saying, “I can assure you that Canada continues to support the ISS program and is dedicated to its safe and successful operations.”

ESA chief Aschbacher replied that he would forward Rogozin’s request to the agency’s member states for assessment.

Rogozin had reacted strongly to the sanctions imposed by US President Joe Biden.

NASA said last week that Russia was “moving towards” extending its cooperation on the ISS until 2030.

The US space agency and the Russian state space company have been the ISS’s two main partners for three decades.

The two organizations agreed to work together on the ISS through 2024, but on December 31, 2021, the Biden administration pledged to extend ISS operations through 2030.

Russia has not yet officially agreed to the extension.

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