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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 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
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 coburn_c on 4/3/2014 3:44:18 PM , Rating: 2
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.

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