Russian agency needs answers over US snub

Moscow: Russia’s agency on Saturday demanded an explanation after NASA put off a planned visit to the United States by Russia’s controversial space chief. mitry Rogozin, a firebrand nationalist politician known for his anti-Western rhetoric, was set to visit the US in February but NASA said Friday that it was postponing his visit indefinitely.

Rogozin, appointed by President Putin in May and previously a deputy prime minister, is blacklisted and under US sanctions over Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Russia’s Roscosmos space agency said in a statement that “it expects official explanations of NASA’s position” and stressed that Rogozin’s visit was planned “in accordance with an invitation received earlier.” It added a veiled warning that preparations for talks on cooperation with the US on the ISS programme and deep space exploration are “so far not suspended.”

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