President Biden announces sanctions targeting Russia's space program

President Biden has announced sanctions on Russia to ban the export of 'sensitive technology' to its space and defense sectors.

Published Fri, Feb 25 2022 5:21 AM CST   |   Updated Wed, Mar 23 2022 12:03 AM CDT

U.S. President Joe Biden announced the new sanctions on Russia on Thursday, February 24th.

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The sanctions will seek to "degrade" Russia's space program in response to the Russian military's invasion of Ukraine. The sanctions will impact Russia's space program, military, maritime industry, financial institutions, and citizens close to the Russian president Vladimir Putin. Biden says they are "purposely designed" to maximize the long-term economic impact on the country.

"Between our actions and those of our allies and partners, we estimate that we'll cut off more than half of Russia's high tech imports and will strike a blow to their ability to continue to modernize their military. It'll degrade their aerospace industry, including their space program," Biden said.

NASA announced in a statement that the sanctions "will continue to allow U.S.-Russia civil space cooperation" and "no changes are planned to the agency's support for ongoing in orbit and ground station operations." A White House fact sheet on the sanctions doesn't explicitly refer to Russia's space program and instead mentions a ban on exports of "sensitive technology" to Russia's defense, aviation, and maritime sectors.

"This includes Russia-wide restrictions on semiconductors, telecommunication, encryption security, lasers, sensors, navigation, avionics and maritime technologies," the White House said.

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