Leaving the US grounded, Russia is sanctioning the United States since the US is sanctioning Russia. This is a backhanded slap to awaken Americans to the necessity to develop more powerful rockets. While American taxpayers foot the bill for NASA and its many dubious initiatives, needed at once are high powered rockets that are equal to or greater in power than the capability held by Russians for years. They outperform us and that is ridiculous. Just as Sputnik aroused sleepy Americans, now having astronauts stranded at the International Space Station because we can’t rescue our own should be motivation to get moving.
“Russia targets space projects in response to U.S. high-tech sanctions
MOSCOW Tue May 13, 2014 10:30am EDT
(Reuters) - Russia will bar the United States from using Russian-made rocket engines for military satellite launches, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday, retaliating for sanctions on high-tech equipment which Washington has imposed over the Ukraine crisis.
He also said Russia would reject a U.S. request to prolong the use of the International Space Station beyond 2020.
Russia pledged to respond in kind when the United States said last month that it would deny export licenses for any high-technology items that could aid Russian military capabilities and would revoke existing licenses.
Moscow's measures would affect MK-33 and RD-180 engines which Russia supplies to the United States, Rogozin told a news conference. "We are ready to deliver these engines but on one condition that they will not be used to launch military satellites," he said.”
“Russia moves to oust US from International Space Station
By Kathrin Hille in Moscow and Robert Wright in New York
Russia is to deny the US use of the International Space Station beyond 2020 and will bar export of critical rocket engines to the US, in a move that has highlighted American dependence on Russian space technology”