29 Jul 2022 14:46

Roscosmos to start withdrawing from ISS project in 2024, but date of ceasing operations at ISS not yet decided - head

MOSCOW. July 29 (Interfax) - Russia has not yet notified partners about its withdrawal from the International Space Station (ISS) project; the process will begin after 2024 and will be taking the station's technical state into account, Roscosmos head Yury Borisov said.

"We just said that we will start the withdrawal process after 2024. As to whether it happens mid-2024 or in 2025, everything will depend on the state and working capacity of the ISS itself, among other things. But it is not a secret at all that we will start doing it, as I reported to the president," Borisov said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 (VGTRK) television channel on Friday.

On July 26, Borisov said that Russia will withdraw from the ISS project after 2024, by which time the deployment of a national space station will begin. The construction of Russia's own space station will be a key priority in Roscosmos's piloted space exploration efforts, Borisov said.