Russia threatened to end its cooperation with the West on the International Space Station program.
The head of Russia's federal space agency decried the sanctions imposed by the US, Japan, Canada, and the European Union because of his nation's invasion.
The purpose of the sanctions is to kill the Russian economy, plunge our people into despair and hunger, and bring our country to its knees, according to the Russian deputy prime minister. He wrote in Russian.
I believe that the restoration of normal relations between partners in the International Space Station and other joint projects is possible only if illegal sanctions are lifted.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the impact on space.
On Saturday, he posted on his social media accounts what he said were some partners responses to a letter of March 14.
He shared a March 30 letter from NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
Nelson's letter states that the U.S. continues to support international government space cooperation, especially those activities associated with operating the ISS with Russia, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
The Russian space chief is a blustery figure with a history of hyperbolic statements and his recent statements do not necessarily mean that the program is in immediate danger of dissolution.
On the day that Russia invaded Ukraine, the head of the International Space Station said that the sanctions could destroy the partnership. Since then, it has been business as usual. On March 30, Mark Vande Hei came back to Earth in a Russian spaceship with two other people. Despite the heightened tensions, the landing went off without a hitch.
Mike Wall is the author of Out There, a book about the search for alien life. You can follow him on social media. Follow us on social media.