Russia halts space launches from French Guiana after European Union sanctions

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Russia has suspended space launches from French Guiana in response to the European Union’s sanctions on Moscow over the invasion of Ukraine.

In a tweet, director-general of Russian space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, wrote: “In response to EU sanctions against our enterprises, Roskosmos is suspending cooperation with European partners in organizing space launches from the Kourou cosmodrome and withdrawing its technical personnel, including the consolidated launch crew, from French Guiana.”

The EU states on Friday agreed to freeze any European assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s plea for faster and more forceful sanctions to punish Russia’s invasion of his country.

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