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Russian space agency head clarifies earlier statement on withdrawal from ISS

  • July 30, 2022
  • , Mainichi , Kyodo
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Saturday’s Mainichi ran a Kyodo report saying that Yury Borisov, the head of the space agency Roscosmos, said in an interview with Russian state TV on Friday that Russia has not set a date for its withdrawal from the International Space Station (ISS). Kyodo interpreted this as an indication that Russia will continue to cooperate with the ISS beyond 2024. The wire service said Borisov reportedly told President Putin on July 26 that Russia will withdraw from the ISS after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost. This was widely interpreted to mean that the nation would pull out of the ISS in 2024. However, Borisov said on Friday that he meant Moscow will start the exit process after 2024 and that the actual timing of the withdrawal will depend on the condition and working capacity of the ISS. He reportedly added that politics should not interfere with international cooperation in space.

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