Russia is to deny the US future use of the International Space Station beyond
2020 and will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military
satellites as it hits back at American sanctions imposed over Ukraine
Russia’s deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced a series of punitive
measures on Tuesday against the US in response to sanctions imposed after
Russia annexed Crimea.
The two countries have long cooperated closely on space exploration despite
their clashes in foreign policy.
The Space Station is manned by both American and Russian crew, but the only
way to reach it is by using Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft.
More of that “smart diplomacy.”
I mean, what could possibly go wrong in making Russia our only gateway to space?
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