Russia threatens to leave astronauts in space.....

https://news.yahoo.com/us-reviving-iron-curtain-policies-russia-094611975.html

 

Russia says US astronauts could be hurt by Ukraine sanctions

Moscow (AFP) - Russia warned Tuesday that American astronauts on the International Space Station could be hurt by new US-led sanctions over the escalating crisis in Ukraine, where pro-Moscow militants seized more public buildings in the east.

Washington was resorting to "Iron Curtain" policies from its Cold War-era playbook with the new Western sanctions, which were driving the Ukraine crisis towards "a dead end", Moscow raged.

A day after the United States and its EU and Japanese allies unveiled fresh punitive measures for what was seen as Russian interference in Ukraine, violence worsened on the ground.

Thousands of pro-Moscow protesters in the city of Lugansk near the Russian border seized control of the regional administrative building, trapping around 200 riot police in the complex's courtyard. Militants in the city already held the local SBU security services building.

Ukrainian media reported that rebels also seized the town hall in the nearby town of Pervomaisk, adding to more than a dozen sites held by pro-Kremlin insurgents. On Monday, gunmen took control of the town of Kostyantynivka.

There was also no sign of progress in negotiations by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe to free seven of its inspectors being held by pro-Kremlin rebels.

 

The US embassy said the OSCE abductions and a violent attack Monday by pro-Russian militants armed with knives and bats on pro-Kiev demonstrators in the east Ukraine city of Donetsk were acts of "terrorism, pure and simple".

- Sanctions a 'boomerang' -

Moscow reacted with fury to the inclusion in the sanctions of high-tech exports to Russia and threatened reprisals.

"If their aim is to deliver a blow to Russia's rocket-building sector, then by default, they would be exposing their astronauts on the ISS," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said, according to the Interfax news agency.

"Sanctions are always a boomerang which come back and painfully hit those who launched them," added Rogozin on a visit to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March.

 

The International Space Station is operated jointly by Russia, the United States, Europe, Japan and Canada. Astronauts and cosmonauts depend on Russian Soyuz rockets to ferry them between it and Earth, ever since NASA scrapped its space shuttles in 2011.

A Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, admitted in an interview with online newspaper Gazeta.ru that the US curb on high-tech exports was a "blow".

"This is a revival of a system created in 1949 when Western countries essentially lowered an 'Iron Curtain', cutting off supplies of high-tech goods to the USSR and other countries," he said.

Russia's foreign ministry also slammed the European Union for "doing Washington's bidding" as the bloc included General Valery Gerasimov, chief of the general staff of the Russian armed forces and the country's deputy defence minister, on a list of 15 Russians and Ukrainians targeted by an asset freeze and travel ban.

And it vowed that Japan's decision to deny visas for 23 Russian nationals "will not be left without a response".

 

The EU and Japanese blacklists are part of a G7 sanctions assault started by Washington on Monday with measures announced against seven Russian officials and 17 companies close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Washington and its allies accuse Russia of fomenting and controlling the separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine to prevent the new Western-backed government in Kiev exercising its authority.

The EU's top foreign policy official, Catherine Ashton, voiced alarm at "the downward spiral of violence and intimidation" in Ukraine.

As fears continued of an imminent Russian invasion, NATO Tuesday said there was no sign tens of thousands of troops on the border were withdrawing despite the Russian defence ministry claiming they had pulled back to barracks.

Ukraine and EU countries dependent on Russian gas, meanwhile, were worried Moscow's reprisals could hit the vital energy supply.

 

If our President wasn't a bitch and was an actual leader he'd tell NASA to dust off a space shuttle and tell Russia to fuck themselves and the people of this country would back him 100%. Zero percent chance that is how the president responds though. Phone Post 3.0

that's cold!

Lol that's fucked up Phone Post 3.0

Phuckles - If our President wasn't a bitch and was an actual leader he'd tell NASA to dust off a space shuttle and tell Russia to fuck themselves and the people of this country would back him 100%. Zero percent chance that is how the president responds though. Phone Post 3.0


But that's money that could be spent on welfare programs to appease his voter base.  He probably considers the astronauts expendible and acceptable losses.

Phuckles - If our President wasn't a bitch and was an actual leader he'd tell NASA to dust off a space shuttle and tell Russia to fuck themselves and the people of this country would back him 100%. Zero percent chance that is how the president responds though. Phone Post 3.0

Well said. Phone Post

US should of thought of that before imposing like 3rd or 4th round of sanctions on Russia???

This administration are diplomatic morons.

Soup and Beer - 
Phuckles - If our President wasn't a bitch and was an actual leader he'd tell NASA to dust off a space shuttle and tell Russia to fuck themselves and the people of this country would back him 100%. Zero percent chance that is how the president responds though. Phone Post 3.0


But that's money that could be spent on welfare programs to appease his voter base.  He probably considers the astronauts expendible and acceptable losses.



Correct and voted up! Our country is becoming a complete joke.

While they are at it I wish Russia or Brazil would come and Annex Florida from U.S. also

Stan Wang - i am seeing an heroic exit scenario for the Obama now. a rescue mission to "bring our astronauts home" right before his exit.

would make for a great movie too.


Vu

Phuckles - If our President wasn't a bitch and was an actual leader he'd tell NASA to dust off a space shuttle and tell Russia to fuck themselves and the people of this country would back him 100%. Zero percent chance that is how the president responds though. Phone Post 3.0

It just goes to show what relying on other countries gets us.

Other countries should be coming to the United States with their hat in their hand, asking us to save THEIR astronauts.

Now what to we do? Ask France for help?

I doubt NASA could put together a manned rescue mission in a reasonable amount of time.

3:1 he comments on the NBA and Sterling before this

See how fast we get a shuttle back together if that little weasel pulls that. Phone Post 3.0

Phuckles - If our President wasn't a bitch and was an actual leader he'd tell NASA to dust off a space shuttle and tell Russia to fuck themselves and the people of this country would back him 100%. Zero percent chance that is how the president responds though. Phone Post 3.0
Dust off a space shuttle?!? Do you even have a clue what you're talking about? Phone Post 3.0

There is already a SPACEX capsule on the station right now...

Bring em on down

Like Duhhhh

Stan Wang - i am seeing an heroic exit scenario for the Obama now. a rescue mission to "bring our astronauts home" right before his exit.

would make for a great movie too.

This.

Someone get Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck on the line. Let's get this shit done America style.

charms434 - 
Phuckles - If our President wasn't a bitch and was an actual leader he'd tell NASA to dust off a space shuttle and tell Russia to fuck themselves and the people of this country would back him 100%. Zero percent chance that is how the president responds though. Phone Post 3.0
Dust off a space shuttle?!? Do you even have a clue what you're talking about? Phone Post 3.0

You do realize that I don't think simply dusting off a space shuttle would work right? I am talking about the fact that this country could figure out how to get these guys down without the Russians if we had real leadership with some balls. But no, Obama will back down over 2 astronauts and let Putin stick it in him. That is how strong our leadership is.

we can fly by and pick these astronauts up real quick on the way to our Mars colonization efforts


they can spell out "Putin loves black cock" in large letters on the Martian surface big enough for the Russians to see with their telescopes

way better than sanctions

Could you imagine they bring all the astronauts home but the americans? Fucking crazy tit for tat. And lol at dusting off one of the shuttles and flying up there! You ready to pay more state tax? Cus they ain't doing it for free Phone Post 3.0

tetris - Could you imagine they bring all the astronauts home but the americans? Fucking crazy tit for tat. And lol at dusting off one of the shuttles and flying up there! You ready to pay more state tax? Cus they ain't doing it for free Phone Post 3.0
Yes, we are willing to pay more to get our space program up and running.

Isn't that OUTRAGEOUS? The nerve of us!!! Phone Post 3.0