The conflict between Ukraine and Russia also reaches space: sanctions could affect the International Space Station
Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin calls US space restrictions on Russia ‘Alzheimer’s sanctions’.
Dmitry Rogozin, the top boss of Roscosmos, says that those who are placing sanctions on Russia’s space industry should be tested for Alzheimer’s. He said this after US President Biden announced some restrictions on the Russian country.
“Gentlemen, when you plan sanctions, review those who generate them for Alzheimer’s disease. Just in case. To prevent your sanctions from falling on your head. And not just figuratively. I suggest you don’t behave like an irresponsible player and reject the “Alzheimer’s sanctions” statement, he wrote on his Twitter account.
Rogzin indicates that this diplomatic disagreement between the United States and Russia could mean that the ISS gets out of control and falls on China, Canada, India, the United States, or Europe. The Russian official recalled that the ISS was dodging space debris thanks to its engines unique to the Russian Progress MS payload.
“If you block cooperation with us, who will save the ISS from an uncontrolled de-orbit and fall in the United States or Europe? There is also an option that a 500-tonne structure will fall in India and China,” Rogozin wrote.
Russia will stay strong
The head of Roscosmos indicates that the ISS does not fly over Russia. “So, all the risks are yours. Are you prepared for them? Gentlemen, when planning sanctions, check those who generate them for Alzheimer’s disease. Just in case. To prevent your sanctions from falling on your head,” he wrote…
He also clarified that the space sanctions placed on Russia do not matter, since they will continue to manufacture spacecraft, expanding the production of components and devices in their country.
“As you may have noticed, we, however, continue to manufacture our own spacecraft. And we will make them, expanding the production of the necessary components and devices at home,” he said.
He added that Russia will continue to offer its customers “the most reliable Russian rockets in the world.”
“A plan to finally destroy the global space competition market from January 1, 2023, by imposing sanctions on our launch vehicles. We are conscious. This is not news either. We are ready to act here too,” added Rogozin.