Russia is warning U.S. Government Officials that sanctions against Russian officials and companies could threaten the safety of American astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS). According to a Russian official responding to the U.S. and European Union’s recent sanctions, targeting the space sector of Russia has an adverse effect on American astronauts. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said, “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.” Recently, information surfaced detailing that Rogozin is part of the United Launch Alliance, a company with a $2.5 billion contract with the U.S. Defense Department.
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.