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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 15:38

Putin threatens GPS programme over sanctions

Written by Nick Farrell



We have ways of making you suffer

Russian Tsar Vladimir Putin is so furious that the West has imposed financial sanctions on his oligarchic mates over his antics in the Crimea that he is threatening a few sanctions of his own.

The Russians have threatened to end cooperation with America on major space projects, including maintenance of the GPS system. The policy will also prevent NASA from accessing the International Space Station from 2020, as well as blocking the supply of components for America's Atlas V rockets, which are currently vital for sending military and commercial satellites into space. 

Deputy PM Dimitry Rogozin says that he'll shut down Russian base stations that keep the GPS system going, unless the US promises to house reciprocal stations to support the competing GLONASS platform. He has also said that he is worried about developing future "high-tech projects with such an unreliable partner as the United States, which politicises everything." 

While it is true, this is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Nick Farrell

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