Russia threatened to withdraw from the ISS project if the U.S. does not lift sanctions

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Roscosmos head Rogozin admitted that sanctions hinder the development of the space industry.

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin suggested that Moscow will withdraw from the International Space Station project in 2025 if Washington does not lift sanctions on the space sector, which make it difficult to launch Russian satellites.

Rogozin spoke at a parliamentary hearing on the eve of a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden later this month in Geneva.

Rogozin said Moscow is having trouble launching some satellites because of U.S. sanctions, meaning Russia cannot import certain microchips needed for its space program.

“We have more than enough rockets, we have nothing to launch,” Rogozin said.

His words were a rare admission by a senior Russian official that Western sanctions are seriously hampering the development of a separate industry.

“Standing spacecraft, practically assembled just missing one particular chip, which cannot be procured because of the sanctions,” he explained.

Rogozin, who is subject to personal U.S. and EU sanctions, said Russia could withdraw from the International Space Station project in 2025 if Washington does not lift sanctions against Russian space contractors soon.

“Everything is in the hands of American partners,” he said.