Deputy PM: Russia is capable of building orbital station on its own
Russia will build a new orbital station with its partners if someone wishes to do so but is also capable of fulfilling this project on its own, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said.
"We will definitely take them along, but we will be able to do this ourselves," Borisov told Vesti program on Rossiya-1 TV channel, answering a question if Moscow would build the station alone or would work jointly with partners if someone wished to join the project.
According to Borisov, the new Russian space station could be located higher than the International Space Station and this meant that it would be high orbital. "We need to go high. <...> This will allow us to see the Russian territory to the maximum extent and especially, what is crucial, the polar areas, and this is also related to developing the Northern Sea Route," TASS cited him as saying.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov’s office announced on Sunday that the timeframe of the station’s operations had expired and its condition left much to be desired. In order to avoid any risks in case of accidents, it’s necessary to carry out a technical inspection of the station. After this, a decision should be made on its fate. Borisov also said in an interview with Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program on Rossiya-1 TV station that Russia could leave the ISS in 2025.