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They will continue maintaining the International Space Station together, though

According to The New York Times, NASA announced yesterday that it is halting many forms of contact with Russian government representatives due to Russia's "ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Russian and American relations have become a bit strained after Russia annexed Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula with past ties to Russia. In response, the U.S. has imposed sanctions.

Despite these issues, the two space agencies have managed to maintain a normal relationship. The retirement of the U.S. space shuttle program in 2011 means that the U.S. doesn't have a way to launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), so it depends on Russian Soyuz capsules to get there instead. Russia also benefits because it receives $70 million for every astronaut it launches. 

But it seems even the space agencies have problems now, as NASA has decided to sever many ties with the Russian government -- except when it comes to operating the ISS. 


[SOURCE: Mashable]

"Given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, NASA is suspending the majority of its ongoing engagements with the Russian Federation," said NASA in a statement. "NASA and Roscosmos will, however, continue to work together to maintain safe and continuous operation of the International Space Station. NASA is laser focused on a plan to return human spaceflight launches to American soil, and end our reliance on Russia to get into space.  

"This has been a top priority of the Obama Administration’s for the past five years, and had our plan been fully funded, we would have returned American human spaceflight launches – and the jobs they support – back to the United States next year. With the reduced level of funding approved by Congress, we’re now looking at launching from U.S. soil in 2017. 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. It’s that simple. The Obama Administration chooses to invest in America – and we are hopeful that Congress will do the same."

NASA is reportedly suspending travel to Russia, teleconferences, visits by Russian government officials to NASA facilities and even the exchange of emails with Russian officials.

Source: The New York Times



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RE: Cold War II
By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2014 9:59:08 AM , Rating: 1
This is a President who invaded Libya because....I guess he felt like it.

He violated the sovereignty of Pakistan and assassinated Bin Laden.

He authorized the selling of weapons to rebels in Syria.

And he continued military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan for years, after promising to end the "invasion" of those lands if elected.

Yet, somehow, we apparently have a leg to stand on in the Ukraine issue???


RE: Cold War II
By retrospooty on 4/3/2014 10:09:49 AM , Rating: 2
OK... What are you saying we should be doing?


RE: Cold War II
By GotThumbs on 4/3/2014 12:02:29 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing.

It's too late to do anything and the US position on the world platform is probably the weakest it's ever been IMO.

Under Obama's "leadership" The US has already made announcements to the world that we're reducing our military down to pre-WWII numbers. He has limited US energy production/exports (XL, CNG). He did this to keep the US out of the international market so other nations have a bigger piece of the pie. He sacrifices the US citizens/economy for others nations benefit.

Obama does not think like an American IMO and does NOT put US interests first.

What message did you you think this would send to the world?

Under Obama, the silent message to all other leaders has been less involvement from the US in international issues.

We will have to wait until Obama is out of office to repair any credibility this nation had.

~Best wishes keeping what you earned, because

Obama has said he "believes in wealth redistribution". He thinks globally and even the poorest in the US are rich compared to other nations.


RE: Cold War II
By Spuke on 4/3/2014 2:01:28 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how any of this is a problem the US needs to solve or even be involved in. Can someone please explain why we have any interest in this at all? It's not like Russia is raping, pillaging and raping.


RE: Cold War II
By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2014 2:36:55 PM , Rating: 1
Just curious, but when America made Hawaii the 50'th state, did other countries slap us with "sanctions" for our Imperialistic behavior?

It's ridiculous that we're even involved in this.

Obama just destroyed 40+ years of Russian - US relations and has sparked a mini Cold War. Over what!?


RE: Cold War II
By Spuke on 4/3/2014 3:00:29 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's ridiculous that we're even involved in this.
I agree but I must warn that I lean towards isolationism. I do believe in trade but only because that creates goodwill between countries. IMO, very few things are our business to get involved in and this most certainly is NOT one of them.


RE: Cold War II
By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2014 5:49:03 PM , Rating: 2
I just wonder how American's would have felt if the world decided to slap these sanctions on us whenever we decided to invade a country.

These sanctions aren't hurting Putin, they are hurting every day Russian citizens. Who have nothing to do with this. It's beyond unfair, it's abhorrent.


RE: Cold War II
By atechfan on 4/5/2014 6:15:00 AM , Rating: 2
They are not really hurting Russia at all. Russia has more that Europe needs than vice versa. If the West insists on sanctioning Russia, then Putin can virtually shut down the EU by turning off the gas supply. China and India would be more than happy to buy it instead.

The West decided to get into a poker game with a man with a deck of aces hidden.


RE: Cold War II
By Jeffk464 on 4/3/2014 2:45:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
~Best wishes keeping what you earned, because

Obama has said he "believes in wealth redistribution"


Anyone with a lot of wealth can always move to another country, there is no exit tax. Remember the guy from Facebook who did just that, its a new form of outsourcing.


RE: Cold War II
By coburn_c on 4/3/2014 11:04:03 AM , Rating: 2
We never invaded Libya, we dropped bombs in Libya with the aid of its citizens (and the behest of France). France buys a lot of oil from Libya...


RE: Cold War II
By FITCamaro on 4/3/2014 12:05:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I don't exactly complain about assassinating the most wanted man in the world. My only complaint in all that was the information that we gave away AFTERWARDS that basically told our enemies how we did it so they can protect against future assassinations. All to make him look better since his image was hurting.


RE: Cold War II
By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2014 12:19:08 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not complaining either, I'm making a point.

When America needs to invade a country, blow something up, or kill someone, hey, its all good?

But Putin trying to stabilize the Ukraine, oh hell no, time to go Cold War on his ass.


RE: Cold War II
By retrospooty on 4/3/2014 1:21:35 PM , Rating: 2
We are certainly no saints and are as FOS as the next guy, but the last time we ignored it and let it happen, Russia damn near took over Europe. The time before that, Hitler. I am not saying that is Putin's goal, but if the world (Not just US) lets it happen, it shows that the world will let it happen.

I am not saying military action is warranted, but sanctions are probably the right step here.


RE: Cold War II
By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2014 2:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
It's amazing how everyone becomes a Reaganite on foreign policy when the President isn't a Republican. I'm actually shocked at people quoting "peace through strength" here. Usually I'm the only 'right wing nutjob' preaching this stuff.

Going by your logic, Saddam had plans to become the next Hitler, so nobody should be upset about the Iraq war.


RE: Cold War II
By retrospooty on 4/3/2014 4:55:17 PM , Rating: 2
You are making some pretty huge leaps there... I dont know how sanctions = "peace through strength". We do have history here with this very same country doing this before. It's not like we declared war, its just sanctions.

"Saddam had plans to become the next Hitler, so nobody should be upset about the Iraq war."

When he invaded Kuwait? We shot his ass down... Good. When he didnt do anything at all in 2002, including not having WMD's? That was different.


RE: Cold War II
By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/14, Rating: 0
RE: Cold War II
By retrospooty on 4/3/2014 8:01:40 PM , Rating: 2
"Retro this Obama buttlicker game you're playing with me may amuse you, but I know what you're trying to do and I'm not playing"

1st off, I believe we had already come to the conclusion previously that it is possible to ask a question, disagree, be civil and not be an Obama buttlicker all at once. I am dynamic that way ;) . I lick no ones butt. You can joke all you want, but you are as far to the right, licking those guys nether-regions as much as you accuse others of on the left. I am in the middle, registered independant... I make up my mind on any issue regardless of what the left, the right, other independents, or you think. I really haven't made my mind solid on this. It's a tough one.

I asked the question what do you think we should do? You came out and said everything Obama does is wrong (your canned response) but have said nothing about what you think we should do about it. Unless your answer to Putin taking over part of Ukraine is to bash Obama, then by all means, that makes no sense.

- We need Jimmy back.


RE: Cold War II
By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2014 8:18:40 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I asked the question what do you think we should do?


NOTHING! Didn't I make that clear enough?

This is not something that's going to destabilize an entire region, it's the opposite actually. This is not something that threatens US interests. This is not a case of people being gassed to death or massacred. As far as I'm aware, Putin hasn't fired a SINGLE shot!

This is an entirely internal Russian issue. And the more we try and "fix" it, the more we look like a goddamn monkey fsking a football.


RE: Cold War II
By retrospooty on 4/3/2014 8:46:49 PM , Rating: 1
Ok, NOW its clear. I dunno though. Still a tough call.


RE: Cold War II
By atechfan on 4/5/2014 6:26:34 AM , Rating: 2
Not a tough call at all. Crimea voted to become part of Russia. Russia did not implement a hostile takeover. They moved in because the were invited by the new Crimean authorities to protect their referendum results. So the only proper response by the West is to stay the hell out of there.


RE: Cold War II
By moremilk on 4/3/2014 1:32:08 PM , Rating: 2
dude, don't you think there's a bit of a difference between invading a country under a dictatorship that generally kills its own people without any regard, and invading a more or less normally functioning democracy?

When was the last time the US invaded any democratic country?

If you disagree with the US getting involved in libya, afghanistan or iraq, you should also disagree with US attacking germany in WW1 - technically US didn't have any beef with them (or with germany in WW2). In both cases, the germans did everything they could to prevent US from declaring war and there was no legal right for US doing so.


RE: Cold War II
By Spuke on 4/3/2014 2:09:00 PM , Rating: 2
Your view of history is colored. Our president at the time said WW2 was a European problem and US foreign policy at the time was isolationism. We only got involved when Japan got us involved (Pearl Harbor). Quite frankly, I wish we'd go back to some form of isolationism (Pearl Harbor taught us that no one can be isolated from world affairs totally).


RE: Cold War II
By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2014 2:16:31 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone who thinks the annexation of the Ukraine is even remotely analogous to WWI or WWII, or some foothold to begin world domination, is smoking heavy doses of wacky tobacky.


RE: Cold War II
By Spuke on 4/3/2014 3:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Anyone who thinks the annexation of the Ukraine is even remotely analogous to WWI or WWII, or some foothold to begin world domination, is smoking heavy doses of wacky tobacky.
X2


RE: Cold War II
By coburn_c on 4/3/2014 3:44:18 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Our president at the time said WW2 was a European problem


A minor point, but since you have criticized others view of history...

Roosevelt very much wanted to go to war. He felt we should protect Britain at all costs. Congress would not authorize war and the public was against. We channeled money, supplies, and arms to Britain and embargoed Japan. He did everything he could get away with without congressional support, which induced the attack on Pearl harbor. When we entered the Pacific theater Hitler declared war on us, solving Mr. Roosevelt's problem.


RE: Cold War II
By atechfan on 4/5/2014 6:24:11 AM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the drone strikes into countries he hasn't declared war with. Obama seems to be doing his best to turn weak allies like Pakistan into full fledged enemies.


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