Russia is poised to initiate 1999 space launch operations with an ambitious schedule of Proton and Soyuz heavy booster flights, but these international commercial and Russian military/civil flights are clouded with uncertainty because of Russian funding shortfalls and U.S. trade restrictions. ``Russia is still wrestling with just what kind of space program it is going to have,'' said Marcia Smith, space policy analyst for the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service. ...

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