July 26, 2022
(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), 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 of its intention to withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS). Shaheen is also chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee which funds the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
“Prior to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the United States and Russia had a working relationship that spanned decades and focused on the scientific interests of the International Space Station. The action Putin’s short-sightedness today jeopardizes a job that has always been a global endeavor and further isolates Russia from the international community,” he added. 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 the mission continues undeterred.”