Russian space agency Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin suggested on Monday that Russia should withdraw from the International Space Center in 2025 if the US does not lift sanctions on its space sector.
Rogozin said this while addressing Russian lawmakers ahead of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden in Geneva this month. He said Russia was struggling to launch some of its satellites because of US sanctions.
Russia is unable to import some of the microchips needed for its space programs. “We have enough rockets,” Rogozin said. But through them, we cannot launch our satellites. This is the first time a senior Russian official has acknowledged that Western sanctions have had a serious impact on the development of its space sector.