Russia’s space agency has demanded an “official explanation” from its American counterpart NASA after it postponed indefinitely a planned visit to the US by its director, Dmitry Rogozin.
Roscosmos space agency declared in a Saturday statement that “it expects official explanations of NASA’s position” and insisted that Rogozin’s US trip was planned “in accordance with an invitation received earlier.”
Rogozin, a former deputy prime minister who was appointed to his current post by President Vladimir Putin last May, was scheduled to visit the US in February, but NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) announced on Friday that it was delaying his visit indefinitely.
The Russian official has been blacklisted by Washington and remains under US sanctions over his alleged role in what the US says Russian involvement in political crisis in Ukraine.
The rescinded invitation came after NASA’s Director Jim Bridenstine visited Russia…