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WIll Rising US/Russia Tensions Affect ISS?

By Keith Cowing
December 7, 2021
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WIll Rising US/Russia Tensions Affect ISS?

Biden to warn Putin of economic pain if he invades Ukraine, AP
“President Joe Biden is ready to warn Vladimir Putin during a video call Tuesday that Russia will face economy-jarring sanctions if it invades neighboring Ukraine as Biden seeks a diplomatic solution to deal with the tens of thousands of Russian troops massed near the Ukraine border. Biden aims to make clear that his administration stands ready to take actions against the Kremlin that would exact “a very real cost” on the Russian economy, according to White House officials. Putin, for his part, is expected to demand guarantees from Biden that the NATO military alliance will never expand to include Ukraine, which has long sought membership. That’s a non-starter for the Americans and their NATO allies.”
Keith’s note: Other than weird things like the mystery drill holes – and cost negotiations for rides on Soyuz – the US/Russia relationship within the ISS program has been very smooth and productive. Remarkably so. When you compare this to the rest of the US/Russia dynamic relationship, the ISS experience shines even brighter. Small wonder that some people have floated the notion of nominating ISS for the Nobel Peace Prize. That said, with mounting tensions in Ukraine, it is going to be interesting to see how well the ISS remains isolated from this – and when (inevitably?) it gets sucked in.

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