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Russia is to deny the US future use of the International Space Station beyond 2020 and will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military satellites as it hits back at American sanctions imposed over Ukraine crisis.

Russia’s deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced a series of punitive measures on Tuesday against the US in response to sanctions imposed after Russia annexed Crimea.

The two countries have long cooperated closely on space exploration despite their clashes in foreign policy.

The Space Station is manned by both American and Russian crew, but the only way to reach it is by using Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft.

The US is keen to keep the $100 billion (£600) ISS flying until at least 2024, four years beyond its original target.

BTW, if there were any deep black US manned military orbiting platforms up there, they could be easily identified by any competent professional or amateur astronomers with the right equipment. Therefore, given the fact that no evidence of such clandestine manned space platforms have been produced by any reputable sources, then the Russians just decapitated what's left of our manned space program, at least for the time being. To read more, click here.