Venus has an owner - from Earth.
The chief of Russia's government space program said Venus, the second planet from the sun, was a "Russian planet."
Scientific studies said there could be life on Earth's stellar neighbor.
During the 2020 HeliRussia show in Moscow, Roscosmos director-general Dmitry Rogozin claimed that the former Soviet Union was the first nation to send an unmanned space vehicle to Venus - discovering surface temperatures hot enough to melt steel.
According to Rogozin, Russia was the "first and only one to successfully land on Venus," adding that the probe gathered vital information about the planet, saying it was like "hell" over there, Futurism quoted him as saying.
Venus' atmosphere is composed almost entirely of carbon dioxide. It is considered the hottest planet in our solar system.
Scientists have recently discovered proof of a "biosignature" in Venus' atmosphere - which could mean the presence of life in some form on the planet. It wasn't long after the discovery that Rogozin claimed "ownership" of Venus because of Russia's sending of spacecraft to the planet, the Science Times reported.
Rogozin's claims followed a recent finding of critical sources of phosphine gas in Venus' atmosphere - which suggests it could harbor life.
The former Soviet Union launched several Venera probes to the inhospitable plant which recorded a number of firsts. The country's Venera 7 became the first spacecraft to successfully land on Venus in 1970.
NASA, on the other hand, has never set its sights on exploring Venus - although the space agency did send an orbiter and a spacecraft to Venus in 1978.