The Senate of the US Congress approved the amendment during the voting for the sanctions’ expansion against Russia. It removes the cooperation and the joint commercial launching between National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Moscow from of the document’s impact. CNN reported this.
According to the message, the necessity of the amendment was connected with the fact that the NASA and the Ministry of Defense of the USA use the Russian rocket engines for the Atlas V and Antares rocket vehicles.
Also, the amendment of the importance of the 5 Article of NATO was approved; particularly the aggression to one NATO member means the aggression to all Alliance members.
The issue of lifting of the restrictions of the engines’ procurements was raised by the departments of the defense and intelligence in May 2015. The agreement with the NPO Energomash to procure 18 engines RD-180 was the main issue to discuss. It was signed before the annexation of Crimea and Donbas Conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
The US Senate approved the decree of the Opposition against Russian Influence on Europe and Eurasia from 2017 on June 14. This decree expands the sanctions against Russia due to the range of the crimes, including the invasion of the Ukrainian territory integrity, aggression in Syria and intervention into US election. It is expected that it will easily pass the voting in the House of the Representatives and that Trump should sign the decree.