Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. 24/7 Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



SPACE TRAVEL
Let's cut them off from access to Space
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 01, 2017


illustration only

There are several ways Russia could respond to the new US sanctions bill. At the same time, according to experts, the response should be cautious and well calculated.

The US Senate has passed a new version of a sanctions bill on Russia, Iran and North Korea.

On Tuesday, the legislation was approved by the House of Representatives. The chamber voted to attach Iran and Russia to a bill that originally targeted North Korea, which is what the Senate had requested. The bill passed by the Senate retains the stipulation that any attempt by the White House to lift or relax sanctions must go through the US Congress.

The restrictions target Russia's defense, intelligence, mining, shipping and railway industries, and restrict dealings with Russian banks and energy companies.

The EU described the new sanctions bill as a unilateral move and said Brussels is ready to "act appropriately" in response.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if adopted, the US anti-Russia sanctions bill would be an "extra-cynical move."

On Friday, Moscow delivered a response to the new sanctions bill passed by the US Senate. The Russian Foreign Ministry suspended the use of all US embassy warehouses and its compound in Moscow and also offered the US to cut down the number of its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people by September 1.

Moreover, the ministry said that it reserves the reciprocal right to hit US interests in response to the US sanctions bill.

According to the Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, the responsive measures were personally authorized by President Putin.

There are several scenarios of how Russia could deliver a more substantial response if the new sanctions bill is adopted in the US, according to Nikolai Platoshkin, head of the International Relations Department at the Moscow University for the Humanities.

"The text of the bill itself contains a tip. It's in section 237 which reads that the measures included in this act should not impede the activities of NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration]. So, let's cut them off from space. Russia may stop transporting American astronauts to the ISS [International Space Station]. May they take a horse," Platoshkin said at a roundtable in Moscow.

The expert underscored that the expulsion of American diplomats would not have any effect.

According to Platoshkin, Russia also could withdraw its money invested in US Treasurys.

"Why not to place our money in German bonds, for example?" he said.

Furthermore, Platoshkin said that Russia could stop exporting fertilizers to the US if the new sanctions are approved.

"We would not lose anything. Chinese companies could buy twice as much," he said, adding that in fact there is a wide range of possible responsive measures.

"Russia may prepare a report on where members of the US business elite prefer to keep their money. If you take a look at the FBI's list of the top 10 most wanted tax fugitives, there are no Russians but there are Americans. Russia's tax agencies could help their American colleagues," Platoshkin said.

In turn, Dmitry Evstafyev, a political analyst and professor at the Higher School of Economics University, Russia should act very cautiously while responding to the new US sanctions.

"These sanctions are the result of the expanding sense of permissiveness and impunity in the US establishment. Of course, Russia should respond but should not shoot itself in the foot. Responsive measures should not be more damaging than the sanctions. Moscow should await the reactions from Europe and major US companies. The response could be symmetric or asymmetric. But the decision [to respond] should be made with a cool head," Evstafyev told Radio Sputnik.

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday that Moscow is not ruling out any steps in retaliation to US sanctions.

"We are not ruling out any steps to bring overweening Russophobes to their senses, who are setting the tone on the Capitol Hill and are dictating such decisions," Ryabkov said.

The diplomat noted that Russia's set of measures in response to US sanctions is not limited to the reduced number of US diplomatic staff and the seizure of US diplomatic property in Moscow.

Source: Sputnik News

SPACE TRAVEL
Three-man crew reaches International Space Station
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) July 28, 2017
A three-man space crew from Italy, Russia and the United States on Friday arrived at the International Space Station for a five-month mission Friday. Footage broadcast by Russia's space agency Roscosmos showed the Soyuz craft carrying NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency take off into the dusky sky from Kazhakstan's ... read more

Related Links
Roscosmos
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

SPACE TRAVEL
Astronauts gear up for space with tough Russian training

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli starts third mission on Space Station

NextSTEP Partners Develop Ground Prototypes to Expand our Knowledge of Deep Space Habitats

Three-man crew reaches International Space Station

SPACE TRAVEL
Vega to launch two Earth Observation Satellites for Italy, Israel and France

Three Up, Three Down as NASA Tests RS-25 Flight Controller

Iran in 'successful' test of satellite-launch rocket

Aerojet Rocketdyne's RS-25 Flight Controller Goes Three for Three in SLS Test

SPACE TRAVEL
Eclipse Balloons to Study Effect of Mars-Like Environment on Life

Portals to new worlds: Martian exploration near the North Pole

For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun

Tributes to wetter times on Mars

SPACE TRAVEL
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce

Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit

Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon

Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold

SPACE TRAVEL
Iridium Announces Third Iridium NEXT Launch Date

ASTROSCALE Raises a Total of $25 Million in Series C Led by Private Companies

LISA Pathfinder: bake, rattle and roll

A Final Farewell to LISA Pathfinder

SPACE TRAVEL
Multitasking monolayers

Writing with the electron beam: Now in silver

Scientists announce the quest for high-index materials

Fundamental breakthrough in the future of designing materials

SPACE TRAVEL
Why looking for aliens is good for society

Breakthrough Starshot launches tiny spacecraft in quest for Alpha Centauri

Has Cassini found a universal driver for prebiotic chemistry at Titan?

Turbulence in planetary cores excited by tides

SPACE TRAVEL
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains

Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis

NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement