The Washington Post

Russia says it will leave space station after 2024

Withdrawal would end decades of post-cold War cooperatio­n with U.S.

- BY MARY ILYUSHINA AND CHRISTIAN DAVENPORT

Russia on Tuesday announced it will withdraw from the Internatio­nal Space Station (ISS) project after 2024, signaling an end of an era in one of the last remaining areas of cooperatio­n between Russia and the United States.

Russia’s newly appointed head of space agency Roscosmos announced the decision in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, saying that the agency will instead focus on building its own orbital station.

“We will fulfill all our obligation­s to our partners, but the decision to leave this station after 2024 has been made,” the space agency chief Yuri Borisov said.

Russian officials have discussed leaving the project since at least 2021, citing aging equipment and growing safety risks. The countries involved in the ISS agreed to use the station until 2024 and NASA plans to use the station until 2030.

But the ongoing rift between Moscow and Washington over the Russian invasion of Ukraine and

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