On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would launch a lunar exploration later this year and deepen cooperation with Belarus on space infrastructure and technology.
Speaking at a meeting with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko at the Vostokny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East, Putin recalled Soviet success in space and said that no sanctions on Russia could stop his progress.
Russia has called for sanctions on Western countries, including what it calls “special military operations” to disarm and “disinfect” Ukraine, including sanctions on scientific funding and cooperation.
Putin said Russia would build a new generation of transport spacecraft and technology for nuclear energy in space.
He added that it would launch a probe called Luna-25 on the moon in the third quarter of this year.
Russia will work with Belarus on infrastructure that guarantees countries independent access to space, Putin said, adding that he had asked the Russian space agency Roscosmos to train Belarusians to fly in a Russian spacecraft.
Thomson Reuters 2022