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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Russia targets space station project in retaliation for U.S. sanctions


* Senior official says U.S. sanctions hurt Russian space industry

* Wants guarantee Russian engine imports not be used for U.S. military

* Says it not satisfied by talks will close GPS sites in Russia (Adds comment from United Launch Alliance)

MOSCOW, May 13 (Reuters) - Russia cast doubt on the long-term future of the International Space Station, a showcase of post-Cold War cooperation, as it retaliated on Tuesday against U.S. sanctions over Ukraine.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Moscow would reject a U.S. request to prolong the orbiting station's use beyond 2020. It will also bar Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines to launch military satellites.

Moscow took the action, which also included suspending operation of GPS satellite navigation system sites on its territory from June, in response to U.S. plans to deny export licences for high-technology items that could help the Russian military.

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