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Russiα says it will ‘do everything necessary’ in growing fight with Nasa over International Space Station

The Russiαn space agency and Nasa appear to be locked in an argument over the use of the International Space Station.Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, said the Russiαn space agency will use its part of the ISS to do everything it “considers necessary and useful”.

It was the latest in a spat between the two space agencies that emerged after Russiαn astronauts posed with flags in what appeared to be anti-Ukrαine propaganda.Nasa had criticised those pictures, arguing that the space station is intended to be politically neutral. The US space agency’s statement was very rare, and broke with a recent policy of largely attempting to avoid any political fallouts on the floating lab, despite tensions on the ground.

“Nasa strongly rebukes Russiα using the International Space Station for political purposes to support its war against Ukrαine, which is fundamentally inconsistent with the station’s primary function among the 15 international participating countries to advance science and develop technology for peaceful purposes,” a spokesperson had said.

In response, Mr Rogozin said that Roscosmos would “do in the Russiαn segment everything what we consider necessary and useful. And I advise Western partners to cancel their stupid sanctions”.

The images that began the latest dispute had been posted on Roscosmos’s official Telegram channel earlier in the week. They showed cosmonauts in the Russiαn segment of the space station, holding the flags of the Luhansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic, and celebrating Russiαn military successes in Ukrαine.

Mr Rogozin has been one of the most outspoken high-profile Russiαn officials since the invasion of Ukrαine has begun. He has used his official accounts to attack US policy, repeatedly call for sanctions to end, as well as fighting with individuals including Elon Musk.