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Russian State Space Agency to 'Phase Out' Imports of Ukrainian Rocket Parts

© Sputnik / Go to the mediabankAssembly of Soyuz carrier rocket ahead of its first launch from Vostochny space center
Assembly of Soyuz carrier rocket ahead of its first launch from Vostochny space center - Sputnik International
Russia’s Roscosmos space agency plans to gradually stop using Ukrainian-made rocket parts after a breakdown in space cooperation, the organization's spokesperson said Thursday.

Media photograph the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is seen as it launches to the International Space Station with Expedition 43 NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) onboard Saturday, March 28, 2015, Kazakh time (March 27 Eastern time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As the one-year crew, Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Deteriorating relations between Moscow and Kiev over the 2014 conflict in Ukraine’s southeast have put a strain on their space cooperation. Russia has to rely on NASA mediation to procure rocket control systems from Ukraine.

"Our reliance on Ukrainian components is very limited, and I am positive that it will be phased out in the near future," the spokesperson told reporters.

Despite worsened relations, Russia and Ukraine launched a jointly-built Zenit carrier rocket in late 2015. It is produced by the Ukrainian Yuzhmash manufacturer with 70 percent of Russian-made components.

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