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Russia's ongoing feud with the United States has hit new heights — literally. In retaliation for the sanctions the U.S. imposed on Russia during the Ukraine crisis, the country said it won't allow the U.S. use the International Space Station after 2020.
originally posted by: intrptr
Seems Russia's holding all the cards. They provide the EU with energy and they let US ride along to the ISS.
Sounds like a lot of talk about who's going to do what to who just yet.
originally posted by: TDawg61
What ever political inroads Russia may have made since the collapse of the Soviets has all been thrown away with I'll conceived invasion.The damage to European,American relations will take years to mend,if ever.I have no idea why some feel this puts Russia in a good position.
Most of the EU is moving away from Russian oil and gas for ongoing and long term fears of Russia using the energy card.
However, the decisions have already been made to move away from Russian energy.
New nuclear facilities, more coal power stations (in the case of Germany), more renewables, etc, etc.
originally posted by: RationalDespair
a reply to: Arnie123
It's not a dream, it's reality. From your avatar I can see "Land of Giants BIG BAD USA", and that alone tells me how biased you are against anything that is not pro-USA. That's alright though, I'm also proud of my own country, but I'm not blinded by it.
Right now, it's a simple fact that the USA relies on Russian technology and infrastructure to get into space, or more specifically, the ISS. So Russia does hold all the cards, and honestly I don't see any change in that any time soon. The USA is practically bankrupt and has no means to start a new space programme; neither the funds, nor the technological means to get it done so quickly. 2020 is only 6 years away and in development terms that is not very long.
That aside, I should make clear that I'm not a proponent of any of these actions, neither from the US nor Russia. Both are playing dangerous games and I live right in the middle of it.