United States and EU continue co-operation with Russia in space and missile industries



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  • sandy miller

    This entire story is sick…while thousands of Ukrainians die and hundreds of thousands of peoples homes and businesses are destroyed because of this war…these countries just continue doing business with each other when they’ve promised sanctions…so fucking sick I can’t stand it.

    • Frederick C. Lee

      War is expensive. Live with it.

    • Murf

      Sandy these relationships go back a long way to Apollo/ Soyuz in the 70s. Even during the Cold War and various international crisis of the time they the two space programs had a lot of interaction. They don’t end because of one dust up.
      On the other hand being dependent on Russia for rocket engines and transport to the ISS was extremely short sighted. But this the US government we are talking about.
      I was impressed at the level of UA involvement in various civilian launch programs.
      Ukraine should do a better job of “Selling it’s Self” Few Americans appreciate how much UA has to offer as a ally and partner.

  • Vitalii Usenko

    Russia is kicking NASA out of the International Space Station in 2020 (now in 2014) – May
    13, 2014

    Russia announced that starting in 2020, it will no longer allow NASA astronauts on the
    International Space Station, in retaliation for sanctions levied by the US because of Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

    How can Russia bar American astronauts from a station that both countries own? Simple. Right now, NASA relies on Russian rockets to get its astronauts to and from space, paying them $70.7 million for each one-way ticket.


  • Vitalii Usenko

    Saving Two American Astronauts From Russian Blackmail – July 25, 2014

    The United States paid Russia 60 million dollars per American astronaut to get access to the Space Station. Russia pledged tit-for-tat measures in revenge for U.S. sanctions, by refusing to allow Americans access to our 150 billion-dollar International Space Station, of which the United States paid 84 percent of the cost. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin even threatened to cut off American access to the station, saying “I propose that the United States delivers its astronauts to the ISS with the help of a trampoline.”
    Sadly, today NASA cannot put men into space without Russian cooperation and hasn’t done so for years. The United States lacks the manned spaceflight capability to resupply and visit the ISS for the first time since 1961.


    • Nancy Turner

      Not to worry. The USA will overcome the obstacles.

      • Vitalii Usenko

        Yes, I am sure that USA will overcome difficulties too. I added some new perspective US projects in the article to demonstrate this point.

        • Nancy Turner

          Thank-you. I stand behind Ukraine and the USA 100%. The USA is not perfect but it is my country!

  • Nancy Turner

    The USA has been working with Russia on the space program for decades, even during the Cold War. It’s like Europe buying gas and oil from Russia during the Cold War. But Russia said it is suspending cooperation with the USA in 2020. This gives the USA time to make arrangements to transport scientists to the space station. Russia has been providing that service. Is EU and Ukraine still depending on gas and oil from Russia? Are you working toward independence from Russia? I’m sure you are!

  • Vitalii Usenko

    US, Nato, EU refused to help Ukraine with hard armaments, precision weapon and military
    equipment. This could be factor which boosts development of the Ukrainian
    defense industry. Governmental orders shall be placed first of all to the
    Ukrainian defense enterprises. The successful further development of own
    defense industry will allow Ukraine be less dependent on whims and unreliable
    unpredictable military aid from US, Nato, EU.

    More detailed information on what arms, precision weapon and military equipment
    produced in Ukraine can be found in the section “Products and Services” of
    Ukroboronprom – http://www.ukroboronprom.com/en/decision

    Samples of arms and equipment were demonstrated at XI International Trade Fair “Arms and Security — 2014” and International Exhibition for Aviation and Space Industry
    “AviaWorld” held in Kyyv, Ukraine on September 24-27, 2014 http://www.iec-expo.com.ua/en/international-exhibition-for-aviation-industry-aviaworld.html

    What arms and military equipment could Ukrainian army have fought? Interesting video from ICTV, Facts of the week, September 28, 2014 (Video in Ukrainian)

  • Vitalii Usenko

    Russian strategic nuclear forces (2014)

    Current status (2014)

    Russian Strategic Rocket Forces

    Russian Strategic fleet

    Russian Strategic aviation

    Russian early-warning system

  • Vitalii Usenko

    A rapid fall in the oil price, western sanctions and the threat of recession are forcing Russia to slow a huge military spending drive, in a sign that President Vladimir Putin’s assertive policies might be stumbling over economic reality. According to a draft government budget
    for the next three years, which is being debated in the Duma, the government is planning to cut national defence expenditure by 5.3 per cent in 2016, the first cut since 1998.
    See “Russia’s defence budget hit by slowdown” – Financial Times – October 15, 2014

  • Vitalii Usenko

    A Reuters Investigation – Comrade Capitalism: In murky Pentagon deal with Russia, big profit for a tiny Florida firm

    US Air Force relies on rocket engines made by a company overseen by associates of Vladimir Putin. Documents show a U.S.-Russian middleman stands to make $93
    million on the contract.

    Thanks Reuters for this excellent report and for raising this topic.


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