Russia will send a spacecraft to the Moon later this year and strengthen cooperation with Belarus in space infrastructure and space technology, Russian President Vladimir Putin said today.

Speaking at a meeting with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East, Putin referred to Soviet successes in space and said that none of the sanctions on Russia can stop its progress.

Putin said that Russia will develop a new-generation transport spacecraft and technologies for nuclear power in space. He also said he will send a spacecraft, Luns-25, to the Moon in the third quarter of this year.

Russia will work jointly with Belarus on infrastructure to ensure the countriesindependent access to space, Putin said, adding that he had asked the Russian space agency Roskosmos to train a Belarusian for a flight on a Russian spacecraft.