Russian President Vladimir Putin sees no need for tit-for-tat- sanctions against the West but warned Western companies within Russia could be at risk.
His comments came during a visit to Belarus and follow a fresh round of US and EU sanctions over Moscow’s failure to implement the Geneva peace deal in Ukraine.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has been more blunt saying even the International Space Station is fair game:
“We have warned our American friends that we will answer declarations with declarations and actions with actions. They say – don’t touch the International Space Station. Okay, then let’s do it like this. If they want to hit the economic potential of Russian space engineering, they may have to use a trampoline to deliver their own astronauts to the ISS.”
Rogozin who as one of Putin’s inner circle has been targeted by the US sanctions said the restrictions could have a negative effect not only on NASA but on Europe’s space efforts as well.