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“Sanctions would leave an impact but not a critical one for us,” Oleg Ostapenko said adding that Russia currently boasts a significant potential for the independent development in the sphere of the space exploration.
“We are capable of creating everything needed for the further development, we have worked out such program and are actively working on it,” Ostapenko said. “We are not afraid of the sanctions.”
Two months ago NASA announced its decision on pulling out from joint projects with Moscow. The American space agency announced, however, that it intended to continue cooperation with Russia on the maintenance of the International Space Station (ISS).
The European Space Agency (ESA), however, repeatedly stated that it had no plans of severing cooperation with Russia in the sphere of space exploration.
NASA’s decision to suspend the majority of space cooperation projects with Russia was accepted not only with bewilderment among Russian space experts, but also drew criticism inside the US space agency as well.
A number of Russian space experts remarked that the suspension of cooperation would be to the detriment of NASA itself.