Russia Threatens to Prohibit Rocket Machine Sales to US

FILE PHOTO: United Launch Alliance launches an Atlas V rocket with an United States Air Force OTV-4 onboard from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Brown – Russia reportedly plans to ban the sale of key rocket engines to the United States (US) in response to new sanctions from the US to Moscow.

Reporting from the Telegraph, Friday (08/10/2018), the threat was issued by the Chair of the Budget Committee in the High Assembly of the Russian Parliament, Sergei Ryabukhin in his statement.

As reported earlier, the US officially issued new sanctions to Russia. Sanctions were dropped after Moscow was accused of involvement in the Novichok poison attack against former Kremlin double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain.

He called on President Vladimir Putin to respond like a threat he had initiated.

“The United States finally needs to understand that there is no point in fighting with Russia, including with the help of sanctions,” he said.

He said that Russia could specifically stop exporting RD-180 rocket engines to Washington. The engine moved the initial stage of the Atlas 5 rocket made by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Lawmakers in Washington have banned the import of rocket engines in 2014. However, the ban was partially lifted because the launch of military and US spies depends on the RD-180.

Since its introduction in 2002, the Atlas 5 rocket has carried the X-37B spacecraft which is the mainstay of Washington for the mission of exploring the surface of Mars.