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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 GotThumbs on 4/3/2014 12:02:29 PM , Rating: 2

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
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
~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.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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