UPDATE 3-Russia targets space station project in retaliation for U.S. sanctions

Tue May 13, 2014 7:14pm GMT
 

* Senior official says U.S. sanctions hurt Russian space industry

* Wants guarantee Russian engine imports not be used for U.S. military

* Says it not satisfied by talks will close GPS sites in Russia (Adds comment from United Launch Alliance)

By Alissa de Carbonnel

MOSCOW, May 13 (Reuters) - Russia cast doubt on the long-term future of the International Space Station, a showcase of post-Cold War cooperation, as it retaliated on Tuesday against U.S. sanctions over Ukraine.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Moscow would reject a U.S. request to prolong the orbiting station's use beyond 2020. It will also bar Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines to launch military satellites.

Moscow took the action, which also included suspending operation of GPS satellite navigation system sites on its territory from June, in response to U.S. plans to deny export licences for high-technology items that could help the Russian military.

"We are very concerned about continuing to develop high-tech projects with such an unreliable partner as the United States, which politicises everything," Rogozin told a news conference.

Washington wants to keep the $100 billion, 15 nation space station project in use until at least 2024, four years beyond the previous target.   Continued...

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