Shaheen Statement on Russia’s Intent to Withdraw from the International Space Station
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chair of the SFRC Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, issued the following statement in response to Russia’s announcement today that it intends to withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS). Shaheen is also chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
“Before Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the United States and Russia maintained a working relationship that spanned decades and focused on scientific interests on the International Space Station. Today’s shortsighted action from Putin compromises work that’s historically been a global endeavor and further isolates Russia from the international community,” said Shaheen. “The United States is committed to maintaining a human presence on the International Space Station and in low Earth orbit, and I will work with NASA to ensure that mission continues undeterred.”