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Russia Will Ban U.S. From Using the International Space Station! by The Elephant's Child

article-2227338-15D4A236000005DC-550_634x465Russia will now ban the US from using the Space Station over our Ukraine sanctions. If the Obama administration is going to deny export licenses for some high-technology items, a blow to Russian industry, well two can play that game. They will also bar its rocket engines from launching U.S. military satellites, as it hits back at American sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis.

The two countries have long cooperated closely on space exploration in spite of clashes on foreign policy. The space station is manned by both Russian and American crews, but now the only way to get there is by using Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. The U.S. now pays Russia $70 million per seat to transport American astronauts to the International Space Station.

Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin pointed out that Russia could use the station without the United States. “The Russian segment can exist independently from the American one. The U.S. one cannot.”

And they will suspend the operation of 11 GPS sites on Russian territory from June, and will seek talks with Washington on opening similar sites in the U.S. for Russia’s own navigation system Glonass. So there.

We will see how this all turns out. I would suggest, however, that Vladimir Putin is more accustomed to playing hardball.

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Well, then, I guess Obama will have to respond decisively by giving another speech. And maybe even go so far as punishing Putin by telling him that another one of his buddies will not be allowed to to see The Band Perry in concert.


Comment by Lon Mead

Putin is a pro while the president is a amateur; Putin has not only control who goes to the space station but, also guaranteeing safe passages for our supplies reaching our troops in Afghanistan.
Needing Putin in avoiding ambushes or the killing of our troops leaving Afghanistan is another sore point because we depend on Putin there as well while removing equipment and troops leaving Afghanistan.
It appears that the president does not think thru the damage he can cause by hitting Putin with sanctions here and there.
In the end – Russia will get their way whether we like it or not.


Comment by cali

The president has a fixed idea of a peaceful world where everyone cooperates, and America isn’t a big bully anymore. I think the only foreign policy he ever had was just anti-George Bush. Remember early on, when he told us he knew more about foreign policy than the rest of us because he had lived in Indonesia until he was 10, and he’d even been to Pakistan. You’re right of course.


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