The United States may not be part of the Vanera-D joint space project with Russia to explore the planet Venus following US sanctions against the country and Moscow will carry out the mission alone or with the participation of China, said on Saturday the head of the Russian space agency. .
Venera-D is a planned joint space exploration project between Russian Roscosmos and US space agency NASA to explore Venus.
The United States and its allies have moved to freeze the assets of four major Russian banks, impose export controls and sanction oligarchs close to Russian President Vladimir Putin after he ordered a “military operation on Thursday special” against Ukraine.
The sanctions will “degrade” “Russia’s aerospace industry, including its space program.”
“The participation of the United States in the project is impossible because of the sanctions,” said the director general of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, quoted by the official news agency TASS.
Rogozin said Russia would carry out the mission alone or with the participation of China.
The head of Russia’s space agency said he gave instructions on Friday to start talks with Beijing on mutual technical assistance for all space research missions.
On Friday, Russia used its veto in the UN Security Council to block a resolution proposed by the United States and other Western countries that would have condemned Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. India, China and the United Arab Emirates abstained in voting on the resolution.
Roscosmos also suspended cooperation with European partners on space launches from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou and withdrew its technical staff from French Guiana in response to EU sanctions following the Russian military offensive against Ukraine.
There are 87 Russian citizens currently at the Kourou Cosmodrome. Their departure is being organised, the TASS news agency reported.
The EU has imposed severe financial and technological sanctions against 64 key Russian structures, including the Progress rocket and the space center.
Rogozin also warned the United States that the series of sanctions imposed on Moscow can ”destroy our cooperation” on the International Space Station (ISS) and asked Washington if it wanted to threaten India and China with the ”Possibility of a 500-ton structure falling” on them.
Russia and the United States are the main partners of the ISS program, which also includes Canada, Japan and several European countries such as France, Italy and Spain.
There are currently four NASA astronauts, two Russian cosmonauts and one European astronaut living and working aboard the orbiting outpost.
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