In April, the US said it would suspend space cooperation with Russia because of its annexation of Crimea, with one exception — the International Space Station. Now, Russia is hitting back.
Russian deputy prime minister, Dmitry Rogozin announced Russia will end its space station cooperation in 2020, Guardian reports.
It will also stop selling its RD-180 engines to NASA, which are critical parts for the US Atlas V rockets that boost everything from Mars probes to spy satellites into orbit.
The move will hurt because it could take the US several years to develop a replacement. The Russian prohibition could help propel the rapidly-developing commercial space industry, which includes players like Space X.
Under the new restrictions, it is only rockets for military rather than civilian launches that would be disallowed. But in practice it will make it difficult for the US to import any of the engines because it will hard to prove the hardware is not destined for a military program.
Sentsov’s sister: We should change strategy
Putin signed decree on appointment of a collaborator
Ukraine is preparing a separate resolution on Crimea
Russia accuses UN of incompetence
Presidents of Ukraine and Turkey discussed Crimean issue
Chubarov: Consequences of RF State Duma decisions
OSCE meeting on protection of journalists opened in Vienna
Jamala’s song became soundtrack to film about Fanny Kaplan
Ukraine penalizes Russian airlines for flights to Crimea
Occupants continue to "bury" imported products in Crimea
Turkey continues to advance into Syria and Iraq
2016 Sakharov Prize winners named
Argentine Ambassador issued a statement on Crimea and Donbas
Ministry of Justice: Lustration is almost complete
Russia provided new data on downed Boeing
Ukrainian MFA protests against Putin's visit to Crimea
MFA compares trial of Chiygoz with Stalinist repression
School with children bombed in Syria
Hayser Jemilev denied early release
Ankara: The evidence to arrest Gulen is sufficient
Putin promised Crimeans ‘pipe & different life’ at year-end
NATO Ex-official: Putin feared in vain and annexed Crimea
NATO: Russia funding separatists in Eastern Ukraine
Turkish food entering Ukrainian market
WorldFood Ukraine gathers 125 companies from 13 countries