“It’s a regrettable development, … particularly in light of our renewed spaceflight cooperation agreement,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
The United States said today that the Russians’ “sudden” withdrawal from the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024 is “regrettable”, a State Department spokesman said.
“This is a regrettable development, given the substantial scientific work being done on the ISS, the valuable professional partnership our space agencies have maintained over the years, and particularly in light of our renewed Space Flight Cooperation Agreement,” Ned Price said in a statement. during the press briefing.
“From what I understand, their public announcement took us by surprise,” he stressed.
NASA’s ISS director, Robin Gatens, confirmed this morning that her agency had received “no official word” regarding the Russians’ desire to leave the ISS, during a space conference in Washington. “So, we will talk more about their plans,” he added
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