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Russian space boss says sanctions could ‘make ISS crash’ in chilling new threat

The head of the Russian space agency has warned that Western sanctions could make the International Space Station (ISS) crash.

Director General of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said the international measures designed to restrict Russia's economy would have consequences on a key section of the colossal orbiting structure.

The ISS, which orbits 248 miles above Earth, is run as a joint programme between the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada.

The part of the space station which ensures that its orbit of earth is actively corrected to avoid drifting off course is located in the Russian segment.

The space agency boss — a former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia who used to be in charge of the nation's defence industry — even published a map of possible locations where the ISS could possibly land on earth, and said it was unlikely to hit his home country.

In the post he said: "The Russian segment ensures that the station's orbit is corrected (on average 11 times a year), including to avoid space debris.

"But the populations of other countries, especially those led by the 'dogs of war', should think about the price of the sanctions against Roscosmos."

Rogozin also described the countries who put sanctions as "crazy", as they would potentially be risking the safety of people from other nations.

Last week Russia's space agency was forced to deny it threatened to leave a US astronaut stranded alone in orbit while on a mission.

Mark Vande Hei is currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and according to reports from news outlets, he was going to be deserted following alleged threats from the head of the agency.

However, it has since been reported that the allegations are not true and the astronaut will still be able to return to Earth on a Russian spacecraft, reports Live Science.

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