Further damage to space co-operation

(01 Mar 2022) Europe's sanctions cause real losses to Russia's space corporation Roskosmos. The corporation will estimate them and demand a compensation from partners in Europe, the agency said. Also, Roskosmos expressed doubts whether the ISS could be operated after 2024 given the current situation.

On Saturday, Roskosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin said that the German side had sent a notification it was turning off its telescope of the Spektr-RG space laboratory, which is a joint project with Russia.

"They have caused harm to the Spektr-RG laboratory's research programme by turning off one of the two telescopes. Their sanctions cause real losses to us. The damage will be estimated and a bill presented to the European side," Roskosmos said.

The corporation is uncertain whether international space co-operation involving Russia will continue.

Earlier, the European space agency said that the chances of launching the Russian-European Mars exploration mission ExoMars 2022 were very slim due to the situation in Ukraine. Also, ESA said it was considering the possibility of using European rockets for orbiting a number of satellites that originally were to be put in space by Russia's Soyuz rockets.

In related news, the issue of using the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024 under sanctions causes scepticism, Roskosmos was quoted as saying.

"Roskosmos currently has a government permission for operating the ISS only until 2024. The issue of extending the agreement in the current conditions causes our scepticism," the Roskosmos press office said.

US President Joe Biden earlier said that the sanctions by the United States and its allies would hit the Russian tech sector and also its space programme. He further said that the U.S. would cut off more than a half of hi-tech imports into Russia that would deal a blow on Russia's ability to keep modernising its Armed Forces. Biden stressed that this would also damage Russia's space programme.

Reference: Tass

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