Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin took to Twitter this week to show his feelings about the United States most recent sanctions. On Tuesday, Rogozin tweeted:
Проанализировав санкции против нашего космопрома, предлагаю США доставлять своих астронавтов на МКС с помощью батута http://t.co/8zGQhr9GVi— Dmitry Rogozin (@Rogozin) April 29, 2014
The translation: "After analyzing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest that the USA bring their astronauts to the International Space Station using a trampoline."
Rogozin's reaction is a dig at the most recent sanctions leveled by the U.S. in response to the Ukraine crisis. The White House issued a statement that they will "deny export license applications for any high-technology items that could contribute to Russia’s military capabilities. Those Departments also will revoke any existing export licenses that meet these conditions." This directly impacts the Russian tech sector, specifically satellites and the defense industry.
NASA was banned from contacting the Russian government in early April, but they still have access to the Space Station as it is owned by fifteen countries. However, the United States relies completely on Russian rockets to get their astronauts to the ISS, or at least it did until Monday.