Russia says it will quit the International Space Station amid Ukraine war

He said that the main aim of Russia’s space agency should be to “raise the bar” and provide the country with “necessary space services,” such as global navigation, communication and meteorological data.

Despite the rift, NASA and Roscosmos made a deal earlier this month for astronauts to continue riding Russian rockets and for Russian cosmonauts to catch lifts to the space station with SpaceX beginning this fall, The Associated Press reported.

That agreement ensures that the space station will always have at least one American and one Russian on board to keep both sides of the orbiting outpost running smoothly, AP said.

Russia says it will quit the International Space Station amid Ukraine war