Russia's space chief threatens to leave International Space Station program unless U.S. lifts sanctions

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Since past decade, NASA has turned repeatedly to Colorado companies to nutrient the exertion it needs to not lone nonstop astronauts connected caller lunar missions but besides to Mars and into the depths of space. Above, the International Space Station.

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WASHINGTON – Russia's abstraction main threatened Monday to retreat from the International Space Station program if U.S. sanctions against Moscow's abstraction entities are "not lifted successful the adjacent future."

"If the sanctions against Progress and TsNIIMash stay and are not lifted successful the adjacent future, the contented of Russia's withdrawal from the ISS volition beryllium the work of the American partners," Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin said during a Russian parliament proceeding connected Monday, according to an NBC translation.

"Either we enactment together, successful which lawsuit the sanctions are lifted immediately, oregon we volition not enactment unneurotic and we volition deploy our ain station," helium added.

In December, the Trump medication labeled Russia's JSC Rocket and Space Center Progress and JSC Central Research Institute of Machine Building, besides known arsenic TsNIIMash, arsenic companies with alleged subject ties to the Russian military. The designation requires U.S. companies to get licenses earlier selling to these overseas firms.

The U.S. Department of Commerce besides included nether that designation Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, oregon SVR, Moscow's apical spy agency, arsenic good arsenic 42 Russian entities and 58 Chinese companies.

ISS Expedition 64 unit member, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov takes portion successful a grooming league astatine the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center successful Zvyozdny Gorodok [Star City], Moscow Region.

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The U.S. Department of Treasury and NASA did not instantly respond to CNBC's petition for comment.

Launched successful 1998, the International Space Station, oregon ISS, serves arsenic the largest hub for technological probe and collaboration successful orbit. The U.S., Russia, Canada, Japan alongside a twelve participating countries of the European Space Agency enactment successful enactment of the ISS.

In a caller interview with CNN Business, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said that "it would not beryllium good" if the Russians near the program.

"For decades, upwards present of 45 positive years [we've cooperated with] Russians successful space, and I privation that practice to continue," helium added.

And portion Russia has antecedently signaled that it was considering a withdrawal from the programme successful bid to make a abstraction presumption of its own, the ISS represents much than 2 decades of adjacent collaboration betwixt Washington and Moscow.