Russia to Close Space Station in 2020 Due to U.S. Sanctions

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NASA and Russia’s good relationship in space may sour over Ukraine crisis.

Russia-U.S. political tensions have officially reached space, the one area where the two countries have historically enjoyed a strong and productive working relationship.
 
In response to U.S. sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced Tuesday that his country would not allow the International Space Station to operate beyond 2020, according to reports. Russia will also stop providing engines to power Atlas V rockets used to launch U.S. military satellites, Rogozin said.
 
The space station is the crowning achievement of Russian-U.S. cooperation in space—a football field-sized, $100-billion behemoth that America had hoped would operate until 2024. The station is a patchwork of U.S. modules attached to Russian modules, with the odd Japanese and European rooms added in, and it is unclear whether any country could operate the facility without the cooperation of all the partners. The U.S., Rogozin pointed out, is particularly at a disadvantage because it relies on Russian rockets to ferry NASA astronauts to and from the orbiting lab. We currently lack a means of transporting humans to low-Earth orbit on our own.
 
The effect of this pronouncement on current joint space activities remains to be seen. “Part of me thinks it is posturing,” says Roger Launius, associate director for collections and curatorial affairs at the National Air and Space Museum. “They’re talking about beyond 2020. There’s a world of time between now and then.”
 
For now, NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency are cooperating as usual. On Tuesday night, three station crewmembers—one American, one Russian and one Japanese—departed the outpost on a Russian Soyuz capsule and landed in Kazakhstan. “Ongoing operations on the ISS continue on a normal basis,” NASA spokesman Allard Beutel wrote in a statement released Tuesday. “We have not received any official notification from the Government of Russia on any changes in our space cooperation at this point.”

Written By: Clara Moskowitz
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33 COMMENTS

  1. This is what happens when you have an out of control regime meddling in the affairs of other nations, sponsoring coups and manufacturing revolutions. Yes, I’m talking about the U.S.A. Study the issue, and the level of coordinated propaganda and vicious smearing of an entire people by Western nations should shock you, and make you wonder what kind of reckless gangsters are in control of the so-called “free world”. The Ukraine crisis and its fallout should be a big wake-up call to Western citizens that their governments have been seized by a criminal transnational oligarchy who will use American military, political and propaganda power to depose, demonize or sanction any regime, anywhere that doesn’t support their agenda.

    • In reply to #1 by Imperius:

      This is what happens when you have an out of control regime meddling in the affairs of other nations, sponsoring coups and manufacturing revolutions. Yes, I’m talking about the U.S.A. Study the issue, and the level of coordinated propaganda and vicious smearing of an entire people by Western nations…

      LOL. I kind of thought that is where you were going. I think as usual the information we see in the main stream media neglects a big part of the story. The term “fascist” get’s thrown around so much that it’s lost much of it’s meaning but the fact is that there are actual fascists, the kind that thought Nazis were good guys, who have a significant amount of power in the forces fighting Putin and for Ukrainian independence. Also, the US has consistently abused the stated purpose of NATO and has been using it more as a way to box in and isolate Russia than to defend Europe and Putin’s actions don’t seem so crazy when viewed from that context.

      Having said all that though I still think that as much as the US isn’t blameless Putin is far worse and there are also many legitimate reasons for Ukrainians to prefer strong ties with Europe over Russia. IMO any credibility Putin and his allies had was lost once Putin started using Russian troops to influence political outcomes.

    • In reply to #1 by Imperius:

      This is what happens when you have an out of control regime meddling in the affairs of other nations, sponsoring coups and manufacturing revolutions. Yes, I’m talking about the U.S.A. Study the issue, and the level of coordinated propaganda and vicious smearing of an entire people by Western nations…

      Wow, that’s some frothing-at-the-mouth anti-Americanism! Reminds me of all the efforts to pin the killing fields of Cambodia on the USA too. It just goes to show the contortions to which some leftists will go to blame every crime on the USA. Strange thing is that Putin isn’t a leftist, he’s a good old fashioned imperialist who says he wants to restore Russia’s borders to that of the Soviet empire. Oh silly me, we’re not supposed to believe things people actually say, but try and find ulterior motives for their crimes (see the Islam debates). If memory serves me though, the “criminal-oligarch” Obama came into office hyping his “reset” of Russian-American relations right after Russia dismembered the nation of Georgia. Maybe that was a bit premature. I am also reminded of the presidential debates when Romney said Russia was our adversary and Obama laughed, lecturing him on the end of the Cold War. I like Obama, but he has looked like a rank amateur in this Ukrainian crisis. In his defense, this crisis arose entirely in Europe and was full-blown before he even became involved.

      • In reply to #4 by Stuart M.:

        In reply to #1 by Imperius:

        This is what happens when you have an out of control regime meddling in the affairs of other nations, sponsoring coups and manufacturing revolutions. Yes, I’m talking about the U.S.A. Study the issue, and the level of coordinated propaganda and vicious smearing of an ent…

        Politically speaking I’m a southpaw, but I’ve been around the block a few times and know that when it comes to the down and dirty of the game, you’ve got to watch those behind you just as carefully as those in front.

        On one occasion, I got wind of the fact that an acquaintance who I thought was a political ally, was going to apply for a post as PPS, Parliamentary Private Secretary, to a Tory MP.

        When I saw him, uniquely, wearing a suit for the interview, I quipped, are you on your way to talk to the enemy Ed? He responded, I don’t have any enemies, only friends on the other side.

        When it comes to matters political, it pays to learn to be philosophical, that way you avoid becoming a cynic and remain healthily sceptical.

    • In reply to #1 by Imperius:

      This is what happens when you have an out of control regime meddling in the affairs of other nations, sponsoring coups and manufacturing revolutions. Yes, I’m talking about the U.S.A. Study the issue, and the level of coordinated propaganda and vicious smearing of an entire people by Western nations…

      Well said…no frothing here…just facts….Americans don’t like hearing home truths about their dominating bullying terrorist government because most of them don’t even know – what they don’t know (as noam would say) most of them only respond to the surface propaganda radiated by whatever president……but your comment shows a depth of clarity and deeper understanding that other commenters here don’t display….

  2. And in related news, Sally hit Mark with her string cheese wrapper causing Mark to start crying. Sally then threw a book at Mark, yelling at him to stop crying. Mark threw a hot wheels car back at Sally but missed and hit David in the face, David began to cry. Sally and Mark were both sent to the principal. David’s mom was called because David would not stop screaming. The rest of the kids finished their lunch without any further problems.

  3. America accused of being a bully to Russia? I’ve heard that accusation before with regards to countries like Iran and North Korea.

    I don’t notice any accusations of the USA bullying Denmark, New Zealand, Jamaica, Uruguay, Morocco, Nepal, Mongolia or the Seychelles. All militarily much weaker countries.

    I wonder if there’s something the likes of Russia, Iran and North Korea have in common that those other countries don’t that might justify the USA and other powerful western countries adopting a position towards them that some interpret as bullying?

    • In reply to #10 by Simon Tuffen:

      America accused of being a bully to Russia? I’ve heard that accusation before with regards to countries like Iran and North Korea.

      I don’t notice any accusations of the USA bullying Denmark, New Zealand, Jamaica, Uruguay, Morocco, Nepal, Mongolia or the Seychelles. All militarily much weaker countr…

      What are you even talking about ? You definately need to look at some real history which your government covertly hides…..get real ….america pretends to be an angel fighting the good fight……..while its actually the devil in disguise……

    • In reply to #10 by Simon Tuffen:

      America accused of being a bully to Russia? I’ve heard that accusation before with regards to countries like Iran and North Korea.

      I don’t notice any accusations of the USA bullying Denmark, New Zealand, Jamaica, Uruguay, Morocco, Nepal, Mongolia or the Seychelles. All militarily much weaker countr…

      Russia, Iran and North Korea….dont think America has any right to be near any of their sovereign soil….If you dont agree with America …does that really make you a target for americas rage and violence ? i think not….america should mind its own business and stop lording it about where its not wanted…..
      It doesn’t bully nations that comply with it…..if you dont comply with USA you will be a target of USA

      • In reply to #13 by Light Wave:

        In reply to #10 by Simon Tuffen:

        America accused of being a bully to Russia? I’ve heard that accusation before with regards to countries like Iran and North Korea.

        I don’t notice any accusations of the USA bullying Denmark, New Zealand, Jamaica, Uruguay, Morocco, Nepal, Mongolia or the Seychelles..

        Here’s a list for you to look up and see what they all have in common……Guatemala, Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico, Haiti, Vietnam, Laos, Iraq, Afghanistan….I could go on….but start with them….

        • In reply to #14 by Light Wave:

          In reply to #13 by Light Wave:
          Here’s a list for you to look up and see what they all have in common……Guatemala, Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico, Haiti, Vietnam, Laos, Iraq, Afghanistan….I could go on….but start with them….

          Yes, those are smaller countries that have attracted American intervention of one sort or another. Some I would agree with, others have probably been badly judged. However, whether or not the type of intervention the USA has made in those countries was the right choice, all those countries exhibited some sort of threat, either to their own people or the outside world. The point is that entirely peaceful nations that don’t exhibit any threat to their own people or the outside world simply don’t attract Western intervention. All the USA and other Western countries want to do with the likes of those first countries I listed is trade. In modern times at least, America and other Western countries don’t just pick on small countries for the hell of it, or purely for their own gain.

          • In reply to #16 by Simon Tuffen:

            However, whether or not the type of intervention the USA has made in those countries was the right choice, all those countries exhibited some sort of threat, either to their own people or the outside world.

            Which is the nature of cut and thrust international and internal bargaining in politics. there are no countries which do not have police-forces enforcing the local state laws.

            The point is that entirely peaceful nations that don’t exhibit any threat to their own people or the outside world simply don’t attract Western intervention.

            A bit like the “peaceful” house slaves who did not attract the punishing “intervention” of slave owners.

            All the USA and other Western countries want to do with the likes of those first countries I listed is trade.

            On their own unequal terms, with their well armed puppet governments governing the natives on behalf of their foreign arms suppliers and their foreign companies business interests. – With land and resource grabs by foreign companies, and stooges of foreign companies, all over the third world.

            In modern times at least, America and other Western countries don’t just pick on small countries for the hell of it, or purely for their own gain.

            Are you living on “planet Fox News”???? You have not heard of neo-colonialism, the clandestine CIA operations, or fictitious “weapons of mass destruction”? THE USA merely excludes “state terrorism” from its definition of terrorism! United States and state terrorism

            It’s a bit like the earlier colonial powers! The Africans stated with the land and the Europeans with the Bibles. The situation then reversed. With the Europeans controlling the land and the Africans soaked in Bible mythology!

            In a later stage of history, USA had the propagandist rhetoric and various small countries had the oil, mineral wealth, pristine jungles, sustainable subsistence agriculture systems etc With the selective insertion of modern weapons-systems, the native elite stooges and foreign companies, have taken over.

            New blood-baths and civil wars are still being generated by foreign powers to change particular regimes they do not like. The new “free-market” religion is being imposed by force. Or course it is not “free” as sanctions are used (on various pretexts), as a form of economic warfare, against those states which resist domination or clandestine subversion by western powers.

            The likes of George Bush operating a “moral world policing system to bring social justice to the ordinary citizens”, can only be considered Foxist-fantasy and ironic comedy!

          • In reply to #17 by Alan4discussion:

            In reply to #16 by Simon Tuffen:

            However, whether or not the type of intervention the USA has made in those countries was the right choice, all those countries exhibited some sort of threat, either to their own people or the outside world.

            Which is the nature of cut and thrust international and in…

            To be fair, though, at least these days such selfish motives tend to be ulterior rather than explicit. Back in the days of the British Empire, patriotism and white supremacism were enough to justify invading countries in Africa and Asia. The Iraq War had to be described as a response to terrorist forces – the “War on Terror” – and as a form of liberation, precisely because few people would have countenanced it otherwise.

          • In reply to #18 by Zeuglodon:

            To be fair, though, at least these days such selfish motives tend to be ulterior rather than explicit.

            I don’t think the difference is as great as you imagine. Humans are so amazingly good at self deception, when you look back on how colonialists described what they did they usually thought they were helping the indigenous cultures they were destroying. It’s one of the reasons Christianity fit so well with colonialism. If you have the one and only religion that will enable people to live forever in paradise you owe it to the world to convert them. When you read about how missionaries and slave holders described the native peoples and slaves they say that what is being done to those people is in their (the people’s) best interest. I think it was Kipling who coined the term “white man’s burden” to talk about the responsibility white men had to civilize and convert native people.

          • In reply to #19 by Red Dog:

            In reply to #18 by Zeuglodon:

            To be fair, though, at least these days such selfish motives tend to be ulterior rather than explicit.

            I don’t think the difference is as great as you imagine. Humans are so amazingly good at self deception, when you look back on how colonialists described what they d…

            Then Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed the nature of everything…America was from then on the new self proclaimed Colonial nuclear leader of the world….who own the world economy, the military and want to own space, they will try to own the world’s future energy supplies and that’s what America’s perpetual wars are about…..control of supply

          • In reply to #19 by Red Dog:

            In reply to #18 by Zeuglodon:

            To be fair, though, at least these days such selfish motives tend to be ulterior rather than explicit.

            I don’t think the difference is as great as you imagine. Humans are so amazingly good at self deception, when you look back on how colonialists described what they d…

            Yes, but the difference is that back then, they could justify conquest as the “burden” of being the “superior race” over others, and a prevailing mindset when evolution by natural selection came out was that Africans were closer to apes than Europeans were, if Europeans were even related at all. Its basis was a combination of patriotism and self-congratulating racism. These days, conquest isn’t considered defensible at all, but has to be rebranded as a necessary intervention, like terrorist-hunting or liberation, precisely because no one can frame it as a superior race claiming their right or doing paternalistic right for the other side. The current moral zeitgeist closes off that avenue of apologetics.

            You can see the same parallel with the slave trade: defenders at the time did it openly and claimed that slavery was good for the slaves because the slave-owners acted on their behalf, and that slaves would struggle without them. Today, slavery is bad by fiat because supremacism, whether racist or not, is bad by fiat, so slave traders have to work through black markets and the dark underside of each society it occurs in. In both cases, it’s because the racist justifications that would have at least seemed nominally ethical in the old days would hold no water in the present day. When the USA justifies its large-scale damage, it has to resort to framing the action in terms that aren’t racist or that appeal to nationalistic superiority. That’s also why resource-grabbing can’t be done as an open act of defiance towards a rival imperial power (as in the old days of European countries land-grabbing in the New World and Sub-Saharan Africa), but has to keep it under its hat.

          • In reply to #18 by Zeuglodon:

            In reply to #17 by Alan4discussion:

            In reply to #16 by Simon Tuffen:

            However, whether or not the type of intervention the USA has made in those countries was the right choice, all those countries exhibited some sort of threat, either to their own people or the outside world.

            …………..patriotism and white supremacism

            Those two evils were sypmtoms but not the cause of invasions….The cause was greed and power in the British Colonial days as Britain was not the richest country in the world – after the end of WW2 – America was rich and took over as the new and much worse Colonial slave masters than the British….America used nuclear weapons as a punishment and a threat and perpetuated wars on the basis of that supreme threat ever since – they used chemical weapons in Vietnam and Killer drones in Afghanistan…..Brit Government were nasty shits but American governments are much more deadly and bullying…

          • In reply to #17 by Alan4discussion:

            In reply to #16 by Simon Tuffen:

            However, whether or not the type of intervention the USA has made in those countries was the right choice, all those countries exhibited some sort of threat, either to their own people or the outside world.

            Which is the nature of cut and thrust international and in…

            Well Said Alan….I didn’t even have to open my mouth…..

            Simon – Trade ? Is that what you call it…..Hegemony…

            Weapons trade to perpetuate war for the US economy

          • In reply to #20 by Light Wave:

            In reply to #17 by Alan4discussion:

            In reply to #16 by Simon Tuffen:

            However, whether or not the type of intervention the USA has made in those countries was the right choice, all those countries exhibited some sort of threat, either to their own people or the outside world.

            Which is the nature o…

            The idea that small nations such as Nicaragua, Panama, or Grenada ever posed a “threat” to the US is just laughable. The most ridiculous was Grenada where we invaded to “rescue” some very mediocre med students who went to a medical school there and when interviewed said that the only time they were in fear was after the US invasion. And to say a nation is a “threat” to it’s own people is just what Orwell called Newspeak, a way of saying essentially “we don’t like the way their government works so we are going to change it” which is the text book definition of a criminal war of aggression.

          • In reply to #21 by Red Dog:

            And to say a nation is a “threat” to it’s own people is just what Orwell called Newspeak, a way of saying essentially “we don’t like the way their government works so we are going to change it” which is the text book definition of a criminal war of aggression.

            Did you get this, Adolf?

          • In reply to #17 by Alan4discussion:

            Are you living on “planet Fox News”???? You have not heard of neo-colonialism, the clandestine CIA operations, or fictitious “weapons of mass destruction”?

            Yes, I have heard of those things. I’m not claiming that America is whiter than white, or that its government doesn’t sometimes operate in an immoral way. But it is nowhere near as immoral as the Russian government, not even in the same league. The accusation that it is a bully to Russia, or Iran, or North Korea, is just ridiculous. If it wanted to be a bully purely to take from weaker countries, it could conquer dozens of small countries. It doesn’t. The likes of Russia, Iran and North Korea, to treat their own people with little respect, and seriously threaten people of other nations without even a pretence that they care for them. The American government attempts to stand up to those threats, and to try and twist the perspective to make Americans look like the bad guys is just absurd.

          • In reply to #31 by Simon Tuffen:

            I’m not claiming that America is whiter than white, or that its government doesn’t sometimes operate in an immoral way. But it is nowhere near as immoral as the Russian government, not even in the same league. The accusation that it is a bully to Russia, or Iran, or North Korea, is just ridiculous. If it wanted to be a bully purely to take from weaker countries, it could conquer dozens of small countries. It doesn’t. The likes of Russia, Iran and North Korea, to treat their own people with little respect, and seriously threaten people of other nations without even a pretence that they care for them. The American government attempts to stand up to those threats, and to try and twist the perspective to make Americans look like the bad guys is just absurd.

            These are strange claims, given that the USA has been responsible for more wars, revolutions, coups and imperial meddling than anyone by far over the past several decades. The USA has something like 800 military bases around the world, spends far more money on its military than another other nation, uses drones to assassinate people at will, and has oligarchs like George Soros spending billions to overthrow elected governments. But yeah, it’s those Russians, Iranians and North Koreans who are the real bullies and imperialists!

            This just shows how powerful and effective the propaganda is, that presumably intelligent people can be so ignorant of what their own governments are doing around the world, and can swallow this ridiculous “Axis of Evil” propaganda. Wake up!

          • In reply to #31 by Simon Tuffen:

            In reply to #17 by Alan4discussion:
            The accusation that it is a bully to Russia, or Iran, or North Korea, is just ridiculous.

            I don’t think it’s so ridiculous to say that the US bullies Iran. Consider the issue of nuclear power. Iran has every right to develop nuclear power. It’s true that in the past some nations such as Pakistan and India have developed nuclear weapons with technology meant ostensibly for nuclear power. BTW, it’s worth pointing out that in both those cases the development was done with tacit support from the US. And neither of those nations adhered to the UN treaty for the controlled use of nuclear power. The US never complained when India and Pakistan did all that. There were no sanctions much less talk we would invade them. Iran on the other hand has been trying to follow the nuclear non-proliferation treaty as they develop what they claim is peaceful nuclear power.

            Yet in Iran’s case the US has initiated sanctions and other tactics to get Iran to stop their nuclear program. The US has never presented compelling evidence that Iran is doing anything other than what it claims and the majority of expert opinion from both the UN and US has agreed that from the evidence it seems Iran is developing for peaceful use. What’s more US politicians routinely talk about how we might “have to” bomb Iran anyway, merely because we think they might some day have nuclear weapons. Imagine how the US would respond if the Iranian mullahs talked about how they might “have to” bomb us or more realistically encourage suicide terrorism toward the US. The US would go insane, my guess is depending on the president we might invade on that alone. Yet for Iran they just have to take it.

            Of course if you go back a few decades it’s even more blatant. In the 50′s Iran had a secular, democratic government. But because they wanted to nationalize their oil the CIA overthrew the government and installed the Shah — one of the most brutal tyrants in modern history.

          • In reply to #16 by Simon Tuffen:

            In reply to #14 by Light Wave:

            In reply to #13 by Light Wave:
            Here’s a list for you to look up and see what they all have in common……Guatemala, Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico, Haiti, Vietnam, Laos, Iraq, Afghanistan….I could go on….but start with them….

            Yes, those are smaller countries that hav…

            I have one word for you….Propaganda

          • In reply to #26 by Light Wave:

            propaganda, et.al.

            Take heed, you might get “Dixie Chick-ed” in these here parts!

    • In reply to #10 by Simon Tuffen:

      wonder if there’s something the likes of Russia, Iran and North Korea have in common that those other countries don’t that might justify the USA and other powerful western countries adopting a position towards them that some interpret as bullying?

      I’m not sure if this is what you’re getting at, but those three nations are some of the most hostile to what we might call the “Anglo-Zionist Project” or the “Atlanticist New World Order”. According to this theory, there has long been an elite class in the Anglosphere that seeks to dominate the world financially, militarily and culturally, using first the British Empire and now the American one. According to Alexander Dugin, an ideologist who has a lot of influence in Russia, there is a an ongoing global occult struggle between the “Atlanticists” and the “Eurasianists” — between the diametrically opposed agendas of ocean-going, liberal, mercantile peoples, epitomized by the British and the Jews, and land-based, traditionalist, tribal empires such as the Mongols, Russians and Germans.

      Conspiracy theory or not, when you start analyzing world events in this light, it may explain some of the deeper motives for Western foreign policy that naive rationalists tend to overlook. The reality that I think many atheists need to consider is that our politics is driven by the wills of cabals of “sorcerers” — whether they be financiers, Zionists, imams, atheists, Freemasons, Marxists, Eurasian imperialists, or what have you. The world is essentially a stage for conflicts between warring orders of these “black magicians”, not a morality play or a story of inevitable progress. Indeed, the progressive narrative itself is a memeplex manufactured by one group of these magicians, which has come to transform and dominate the world in modern times. But other orders and memeplexes are re-emerging and challenging its hegemony, such as the Islamic imams and the Eurasianists, leading to a renewed clash of civilizations rather than an end to history.

  4. Space is not gonna be owned or governed by any one nation…..and those who seek to rule a place that covers every human on earth are the ones we should be worrying about…..Perhaps China will take the place of russia to prevent america getting anything it wants….

    Dont forget – people of the world – America (self proclaimed leader of the world)…consistently violates international law – not only that but ditches signed agreements and promises it had with other countries – to suit its own self serving agenda…..so many contracts that american governments have with other nations find the American government lie and forefit on many many promises.

    Some simple examples of presidential lying To the face of the law and all the world…..would be…
    “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”……”Sadam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction”…….” We are not the worlds police”…….name those lying presidents..im sure theres much worse…..Space belongs to the earth

    • In reply to #11 by Light Wave:

      Space belongs to Earth

      Space law works on such issues; if I read correctly – “space belongs to all mankind”. So there it is, forbidden fruit, ’till the first person / nation strikes a proverbial stake, followed with a ‘no trespassing’ sign. And on it goes, to the victor go the spoils.

      American flags around town commemorate Armed Forces Day.

      • In reply to #15 by bluebird:

        In reply to #11 by Light Wave:

        Space belongs to Earth

        Space law works on such issues; if I read correctly – “space belongs to all mankind”. So there it is, forbidden fruit, ’till the first
        person / nation strikes a proverbial stake, followed with a ‘no trespassing’ sign. And on it goes, to the…

        Wow after reading your link…I’d better be seen to observe armed forces day then…..or Colin Powell and his coven might ‘encourage’ me to ‘co operate’ and ‘participate’ with gusto….just like North Korea…Agghhrrr

  5. But it is nowhere near as immoral as the Russian government, not even in the same league. The accusation that it is a bully to Russia, or Iran, or North Korea, is just ridiculous. If it wanted to be a bully purely to take from weaker countries, it could conquer dozens of small countries. It doesn’t. The likes of Russia, Iran and North Korea, to treat their own people with little respect, and seriously threaten people of other nations without even a pretence that they care for them. The American government attempts to stand up to those threats, and to try and twist the perspective to make Americans look like the bad guys is just absurd.

    Well let’s look at comparisons! Those “evil Russians” have supported separatists in Crimea and parts of Ukraine to hold referendum ballots on what sort of government they want ( which various people who don’t like it have claimed is “illegal”) after their democratically elected president was removed in a pro-western coup!

    Asking the people to have a democratic vote on their future government apparently requires sanctions if the US does not like the decisions!!! – Whereas America bombed and invaded Iraq to seize its oil for Bush’s pals by military force and by installing a puppet government. It also invaded Afghanistan to search for Bin Laden when he was actually in Pakistan! So much for the regard for the rights of citizens in independent countries!

    Perhaps you have also heard of the Iran–Contra affair – and that is just one instance where the CIA and US politicians got caught with their clandestine meddling and arms trading exposed!

  6. The issue of Ukraine and Crimea has produced quite different reactions in regard to the ISS.
    While the US has thrown its toys out of the pram and produced embargoes on trading and communicating with Russian partners, the European Union and European space Agency have adopted a “business as usual” approach!

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