Kremlin admits sanctions impacted Russia’s ability to launch satellites

Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, cannot launch some satellites due to the lack of chips that Russia cannot obtain due to sanctions, said Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin.

"We have more than enough rockets, there is no doubt," Rogozin explained, speaking at a parliamentary hearing in the State Duma on the topic of Western sanctions and measures to minimize their impact on the Russian politics and economy.

According to him, the manufacturers have satellites, but they are missing one specific chip, which, because of sanctions, can not be supplied to Russia.

Sanctions imposed against the Progress Rocket Space Centre and Russian rocket and spacecraft scientific center, TsNIIMash, caused Russia to withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS), Rogozin said.

"Everything is in the hands of American partners. If sanctions continue, Russia's withdrawal from the ISS is a problem of our American partners, “ Rogozin said

The head of Roscosmos stressed that he would not tolerate ambiguity. "Either we work together, and then the sanctions should be lifted immediately, or we will not work together, and we will start national systems," he said.

Rogozin recalled that personal sanctions have been imposed on him since 2014, although he is the Russian President's special representative for international cooperation in space.

The next step of the U.S. administration, according to Rogozin, could be sanctions against use of Russian rockets for satellite launches. These restrictions could be introduced as early as this year.

In this case, Russia will lose a potential contract to deliver OneWeb satellites into orbit. "We will not be allowed to do this," Rogozin explained.

Rogozin called the statements of Russian officials that sanctions help to develop the economy "stupid".

"These are stupid statements, because the national economy should be developed regardless of sanctions," he said.

  Roscosmos, Russia