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Russia: No more engines for US spy satellite launches

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Russia is striking back against U.S. sanctions with a series of tit-for-tat measures announced Tuesday that include a ban on the sale of rocket engines for U.S. military satellite launches and an end to cooperation on the International Space Station in 2020.

The sanctions, announced in a press briefing by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, are designed to punish the U.S. for measures imposed against Russia after Moscow annexed Crimea in violation of a 1994 deal with the U.S., Britain and Ukraine to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity.

The Russian measures highlight the fact that Washington depends on Moscow to launch U.S. astronauts to the ISS and also for the engines used to launch U.S. spy satellites into orbit.

"The Russian segment [of the ISS] can exist independently from the American one. The U.S. one cannot," Rogozin noted.

Rogozin, one of several top Russian officials targeted by the U.S. sanctions, had publicly scoffed at them and warned of retaliatory measures, saying in April that "after analysing the sanctions against our space industry I suggest the U.S. delivers its astronauts to the ISS with a trampoline."

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