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posted by n1 on Thursday April 03 2014, @03:43PM   Printer-friendly
from the sabre-rattle-heard-in-space dept.

NASA has released a statement indicating that they are "suspending the majority" of "ongoing engagements with the Russian Federation". Cooperation will continue "to maintain safe and continuous operation of the International Space Station." They have taken this action citing violations Ukraine's sovereignty by Russia.

NASA apparently is focusing on regaining human spaceflight capabilities and ending dependence on Russia. The statement goes on to say: "The choice here is between fully funding the plan to bring space launches back to America or continuing to send millions of dollars to the Russians." According to the "information initially came to light from a leaked memo".

This comes after a recent statement by Charles Bolden a NASA administrator indicating that relations with Russia were fine. There are currently Two Americans, Three Russians, and the Japanese Commander aboard the ISS Expedition 39.

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  • (Score: 2) by tibman on Thursday April 03 2014, @06:53PM

    by tibman (134) Subscriber Badge on Thursday April 03 2014, @06:53PM (#25757)

    Secession is something the US has dealt with in the past and makes Crimea leaving the Ukraine look like jay-walking. So any American commenting on the secession (if you prefer that phrasing over invasion) will be very biased.

    Anyways. Did the US do any of that with soldier's wearing uniforms stripped of name, rank, and country of origin? Did Russia also invade any of those countries as well? I completely agree with you about DC being full of hypocrites though. They want to avoid the issue of constantly violating Pakistan's sovereignty but then give a lecture to Russia? Silly and stupid, lol. It seems like there are so many ulterior motives that everything starts becoming fuzzy : /

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