The decision of the European Space Agency to replace Russian launchers with those made in the US was imposed on Europeans by their great "ally," a Russian cosmonaut said, noting that the US was jealous of the collaboration.
Rene Pischel, head of ESA's permanent office in Moscow, announced this week that the Italian astronaut Luka Parmitano could be the last European to go into space with the famous Russian Soyuz MS-13 launch vehicle, at least for the foreseeable future , Parmitano has been on the International Space Station (ISS) since July.
In the coming years, the ESA will switch for the mission to US spacecraft ESA and NASA.
Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov told 360tv.ru that ESA's decision is the result of Washington's ongoing pressure.
As soon as the Americans order something, everything is done accordingly. The Americans have always been very concerned about our very good relationship and work together with the French and the Germans. They have done their best to destroy this cooperation.
Vinogradov does not believe that the step of the ESA would mean a blow to the Russian space industry, as many countries outside Europe are still interested in sending their men aboard an a-Soy so they can become ever-growing Group of countries that have already done so.
For example, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) plans to send its first astronaut aboard a Soyuz rocket in September.
"This is not the preference of American launches, it is US pressure on their allies, that's all," said the cosmonaut on the use of Russian space launches and satellites
At the beginning of this year, the Pentagon banned US Company to rely on Russian space launch and satellite services from 2023, a decision that the Russian space agency Roscosmos had not yet taken r example of "unfair competition."
Since the US Space Shuttle Program was discontinued in 2011, the Soyuz was the only way for anyone in the world, including NASA, to reach the ISS. Washington has since attempted to end its dependence on Russia for space exploration, but the search has been unsuccessful. SpaceX and Boeing should deliver their replacement vehicles to the crew in 2017, but both spacecraft are still in the test phase.
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