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[i]"The entire concept of ISS with the Russians was from the outset a foreign policy decision."[/i]
[i]In July 1993, India became one of the five states (including China) in the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) which was intended to prevent the spread of missile technology to Third World countries. The Russians agreed to stop exporting cryogenic manufacturing technology to India.
The Russians told the White House that the loss of the Indian deal would cost them several hundred million dollars (other observers considered that number highly inflated). By mid-1993, the directive was clear: The United States had to propose a space agreement that was worth the same amount.
U.S. diplomats insisted that there was no link between Russia's cancellation of the deal and it's acceptance of a U.S. space deal with equal dollar value, but they did admit that "things came together conveniently." The price tag of $400 million for the Mir visits alone was otherwise inexplicable. Russian officials valued the deal at about the same amount.[/i]
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