Russia threatens to leave austronauts in space


by Jack Carter

Russia warned Tuesday that American astronauts on the International Space Station could be hurt by new US-led sanctions over the escalating crisis in Ukraine, where pro-Moscow militants seized more public buildings in the east.

Washington was resorting to "Iron Curtain" policies from its Cold War-era playbook with the new Western sanctions, which were driving the Ukraine crisis towards "a dead end", Moscow raged.

Moscow reacted with fury to the inclusion in the sanctions of high-tech exports to Russia and threatened reprisals.

"If their aim is to deliver a blow to Russia's rocket-building sector, then by default, they would be exposing their astronauts on the ISS," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.

"Sanctions are always a boomerang which come back and painfully hit those who launched them," added Rogozin on a visit to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March.

The International Space Station is operated jointly by Russia, the United States, Europe, Japan and Canada. Astronauts and cosmonauts depend on Russian Soyuz rockets to ferry them between it and Earth, ever since NASA scrapped its space shuttles in 2011.

As fears continued of an imminent Russian invasion, NATO Tuesday said there was no sign tens of thousands of troops on the border were withdrawing despite the Russian defense ministry claiming they had pulled back to barracks.

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Kneeblock site profile image  

4/29/14 11:43 PM by Kneeblock

I think you're misunderstanding the meaning of the word "strength." It does not mean being able to tell anyone you want to go F themselves. That is a silly and suicidal mentality. The whole notion behind the ISS and other similar international collaborations is to get nations to show the true strength of leadership by finding ways to collaborate in spite of differences.

jpm995 site profile image  

4/29/14 11:07 PM by jpm995

Yes but Putin has the keys dam it.

Fake Pie site profile image  

4/29/14 10:56 PM by Fake Pie

There is a Soyuz docked at the ISS permanently for emergencies. They can use it if they need to.

Entreri site profile image  

4/29/14 10:33 PM by Entreri

That is cold. Is NASA ever going to be able to leave Earth orbit again?

johnnypayne site profile image  

4/29/14 9:59 PM by johnnypayne

Ariane has enough capacity to supply the station and carry up a return to earth vehicle, which isn't that complex to build.

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4/29/14 6:40 PM by QuinTheEskimo


Jack Carter site profile image  

4/29/14 6:40 PM by Jack Carter

"The movie Gravity was simply to prepare us for what is about to happen" - EvilYoshida

Moke site profile image  

4/29/14 6:39 PM by Moke

It's all a fake and predetermined show from the time that obama told Putin he'd have much more latitude to let him do what he wants once obama is in his second term.Make no mistake, Putin will get everything he wants while we pretend to be outraged, and Putin pretends to be counter-outraged.

brody3316 site profile image  

4/29/14 6:37 PM by brody3316

I feel a Gravity sequel coming from this

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4/29/14 6:34 PM by stopclock