"By 2023, we plan to create our own national space station in orbit," Putin affirmed.

"This is something far-off in the future, but also necessary for us from the point of view of our national economy." Russia and NASA recently agreed to keep operating and financing the International Space Station at least until 2024, but future joint space projects remain in doubt, as relations between Russia and the US have plunged to post-Cold War lows over the Ukraine conflict.

The Kremlin strongman said Russia needs its own space station to be able to view its own territory properly from space.

"We use the ISS actively for science and the economy, but from the ISS only 5 percent of the area of Russia can be seen," Putin arged.

From a national station, they should be able to see the whole of the area of thier huge country. It has gone without saying they would bring this project to fruition, and without any doubt, it would be under their control, Putin cited.

Russia said earlier this year that it planned to create its own space station using its modules from the ISS after it is mothballed.

In March, the head of Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, urged at Baikonur after meeting his NASA that Russia would work jointly with its US counterpart on a project of a new orbital station.

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