Russia to launch lunar probe and deepen space ties with Belarus: Vladimir Putin

Russia will launch a lunar probe later this year and deepen cooperation with Belarus on space infrastructure and technology, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a meeting with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East, Putin recalled Soviet successes in space and said no amount of sanctions against Russia could stop its progress.

What Russia calls its “special military operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” Ukraine has triggered a barrage of sanctions from Western countries, including restrictions on scientific funding and cooperation.

Putin said Russia will develop next-generation transport spacecraft and technologies for nuclear power in space.

He also said he would launch a probe called Luna-25 to the Moon in the third quarter of this year.

Russia would work with Belarus on infrastructure to ensure countries have independent access to space, Putin said, adding that he had asked the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, to train a Belarusian to fly on a Russian spacecraft. .

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