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Russia Stops Supply of Rocket Engines to the United States


Russia has decided to stop supplying rocket engines to the United States in retaliation for  sanctions against Russia, said the head of the state space agency Roscosmos. One Dmitry Rogozin said  Thursday. "In this situation, we can't supply the United States with the best rocket engines in the world. Let them fly with something else, their broom, I don't know," Rogozin said in Russia. Said on state  television.  According to Rogozin, Russia has delivered a total of 122 RD180 engines to the United States since the 1990s, 98 of which were used to power Atlas rockets. 

 Roscosmos will also suspend the service of rocket engines  previously shipped to the United States, Rogozin said, adding that the United States still has 24 engines remaining without Russian technical assistance. Russia has previously stated that it would suspend cooperation with Europe on the launch of French Guiana into space  from the Kourou Cosmodrome in response to Western sanctions against Ukraine. 

 Moscow  also requested the British satellite company OneWeb to guarantee that the satellite would not be used for military purposes. OneWeb, funded by the British government, said  Thursday that it would suspend all launches from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Rogozin said Russia will focus on creating dual-use spacecraft that meet the needs of Roscosmos and the Defense Ministry.

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