Following the implosion of the Ukrainian crisis on a global scale, US and allies have gone ahead to impose far-reaching sanctions on the Russian Federation and some high profile oligarchs in the Kremlin.
Roscosmos chief had earlier warned that the escalation of the diplomatic stand offs between the two powers could essentially affect space relations between the two countries.
With the sanctions against Russia now rolling out enmasse, Russia has gone ahead and suspended USA from further participation the Venus exploration mission – Venera-D. This was made known by the Head of the Russia’s space agency, Dmitry Rogozin in a brief with Sputnik on Saturday.
According to the Roscosmos chief –
“Under the circumstances of new and preservation of the earlier implemented sanctions, I find it inappropriate for the US to further participate in the Russian project of development and creation of the Venera-D interplanetary station,” Rogozin said.
The Venera-D Venus probe was started as a joint venture program between Russia and USA, although Roscosmos appears to have taken the “independent national route” path. According to reports, Russia is planning to send the Venera-D probe to Venus by November 2029.