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Sanctioned Russian official controls company that builds rocket engines to launch U.S. spy satellites

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A top Russian official sanctioned by the U.S. over his role in the Ukraine crisis controls a company that supplies rocket engines the Pentagon needs to launch satellites into space, including top-secret spy satellites, Fox News reported Friday.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin oversees the Russian space sector, including NPO Energomash, a majority Kremlin-owned company that makes RD-180 engines, used in the U.S. Atlas V launch vehicle. An Atlas V launched a spy satellite into orbit April 10 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Rogozin was one of 11 Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean separatist officials named in President Obama's March 17 sanctions order.

"Even though Rogozin is on the sanction list," a source with ties to the aerospace industry told Fox News in an email, "the U.S. continues to engage his space empire for Russian engines to put highly sensitive Pentagon satellites in space."

On Twitter, the outspoken Rogozin — who enjoys tweaking his Western opponents on social media — mocked the report.


"Sanctions don't impede the U.S. to queue up for Russian technologies," he added.
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