Russia has stopped selling rocket engines to the United States in response to sanctions, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency said on Thursday, Reuters reported.
“In a situation like this, we cannot provide the United States with the best rocket engines in the world. Let them fly on something else, their brooms, I don’t know what,” Rogozin told television of state.
Rogozin claimed that since the 1990s Russia had delivered 122 RD-180 engines to the United States and 98 had been used. As part of the decision, Russia will stop servicing the rocket engines, meaning the 24 that are not in use will be without Russian help.
On Thursday, Roscosmos also announced that it would no longer collaborate with Germany on research at the International Space Station.
Since last week, Russia has been attacking Ukraine, with sustained ground and air assaults across the country. Russian missile attacks hit apartments, an orphanage and a children’s hospital, according to the Ukrainian government.
So far, Russia’s campaign has been widely condemned by the international community and has united Western nations in an unprecedented way, which has sparked a massive sanctions campaign against Putin and his allies.