Russia, Citing Sanctions, Threatens to End International Space Station Cooperation

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    The Facts

    • Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, threatened to end cooperation with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sat., citing Western sanctions on his country.

    • He said the "illegal" sanctions were designed to bring Russia to its knees and that cooperation on joint ISS projects would only be possible after their complete and unconditional removal.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    The International Space Station has long been an important symbol of human cooperation against a backdrop of wars and savagery. Its breakup would be a sad day for science and humanity.

    Narrative B

    It was a short-sighted decision from the US to rely on Russia for the success of its space missions. The recent events in Ukraine underscore the need to immediately break this dependency and for the US to develop its own capabilities.

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