Russian space agency hits back at US — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

Roscosmos will no longer ship or maintain rocket engines or conduct joint projects on the International Space Station

In a tit-for-tat movement against the restrictions imposed by the international community because of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the Russian space agency announced on Thursday that it would impose counter-sanctions.

According to the agency’s director, Dmitry Rogozin, Roscosmos will stop shipping RD-181 rocket engines to the United States and servicing the 24 engines that currently belong to the country.

In this situation, we can no longer supply the United States with the best rocket motors in the world. Let them fly on something else – their brooms“, he said live on Russian television.

Rogozin also announced that he had written to Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, the head of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), announcing that Russia would stop conducting joint science experiments on the International Space Station.

What he described as the DLR’s hostile and destructive actions have curtailed crucial joint space projects, Rogozin said. He pointed to the shutdown of the German wide-field telescope eROSITA aboard the Russian observatory, which had led to the collapse of a unique scientific project aimed at creating a map of the entire sky in the Röntgen (X-ray) spectrum. .

German colleagues who have taken such steps to politicize our relations will get nothing,” he estimated.

Russia launched a military invasion of Ukraine last week, saying it was forced to do so to prevent Kiev’s armed forces from attacking the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and in order to “demilitarize” and “denazify” the country.

The West has almost universally condemned Russia for what it has called its unprovoked aggression. The sanctions that have since been imposed on Moscow in retaliation target a long list of Russian authorities and are intended to have a serious impact on the Russian economy. The UN passed a resolution condemning Russian actions in Ukraine and demanding that Russia immediately withdraw its troops.

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