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Russian space agency has suspended collaboration with Europe on launches at the Kourou spaceport

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            In reaction to European Union sanctions, the Russian space agency Roscosmos has suspended cooperation with Europe on launches from the Kourou cosmodrome and has recalled its staff from French Guiana, according to the agency’s chief, Dmitry Rogozin, on Saturday.

“In reaction to EU sanctions against Russian firms, Roscosmos suspends collaboration with European partners in planning space launches from the Kourou cosmodrome and recalls its technical workers, including the combined launch crew”, Rogozin stated on his Telegram channel.

The EU Council of Foreign Ministers agreed the second set of EU sanctions on Russia in connection with the Ukrainian issue on Friday.

Russia started a special operation to demilitarise and de-Nazify Ukraine on Thursday, in response to Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republic’s requests for assistance in repelling Ukrainian force’s aggression.

According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the special operation is solely targeting Ukrainian military facilities and poses no threat to civilians. Moscow has stated that it has no ambitions to conquer Ukraine.

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