The Crimean peninsula became part of Russia after the events of 2014 in Ukraine, when power changed in the country as a result of a coup. The decision was made following the results of a nationwide referendum, in which more than 80% of Crimeans participated. More than 95% of Crimean residents voted for reunion with Russia. Despite the results of the referendum, Kyiv denies the peninsula’s right to self-determination and refuses to recognise it as part of Russia.
The successful docking process achieved by Elon Musk’s manned Dragon spacecraft was made possible by an IDA docking device developed by Russian engineers and used by Russian manned Soyuz spacecraft.
SpaceX third space station docking port was assembled by Boeing from American and Russian spare parts.
The shuttle’s docking system and the station’s pressurized mating adapters were based on the Androgynous Peripheral Attach System, or APAS, designed to accommodate U.S. spacecraft connecting in orbit with Russian vehicles.
According to Mark Mulqueen, Boeing’s space station program manager: “The APAS was the Russian system that the U.S. and Russia built a derivative for Apollo-Soyuz”.