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Cold War in space? Russia says it is considering building own space station


On Monday, the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, confirmed that it is considering building its own space station.

“I confirm the information that today we are considering options for the establishment of such a station,” said Oleg Ostapenko of Roscosmos.

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“This ambitious project will allow us to keep track of more than 90 per cent of the territory of Russia.”

Russia is a major partner in the International Space Station (ISS), along with Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency, which has been in orbit since 1998. But recent tensions over Russia’s policies in the Ukraine have made for a shaky relationship. The station, once a shining example of international cooperation, now looks like a child caught between two warring divorced parents.

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