Rogozin: The decision not to grant a visa to a Russian cosmonaut to the United States is a dangerous precedent

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Rogozin: The decision not to grant a visa to a Russian cosmonaut to the United States is a dangerous precedent

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Russian astronaut Nikolai Chub

The Director of the Russian “Roskosmos” Foundation, Dmitry Rogozin, announced that the US decision not to issue a visa to the Russian astronaut, Nikolai Chub, is a dangerous precedent for cooperation between the two countries in the space field.

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Today, Saturday, Rogozin wrote on his Telegram page: “What the US authorities have done regarding the Russian cosmonaut’s visa is a dangerous precedent for cooperation on the International Space Station.”

He added: “The situation that has arisen calls into question the safety of the stay of the Russian cosmonaut on the ISS, and the safety of the American part of the station, due to the unpreparedness of the Russian cosmonaut for the emergency” (if it occurred in that part of the station).

And the Russian “Roskosmos” Foundation explained that no one intends in this case to send the untrained crew into space, saying: “Of course, the question arises here at least regarding changing the training schedule of Nikolai Chubb, before the planned flight in the spring of 2023.” She indicated that it would be necessary to reform his training program even if this problem was resolved soon.

Earlier this day, the Russian “TASS” agency quoted an informed source as saying: “Without any explanation, the United States did not issue a visa to the astronaut of the “Roskosmos” institution, Nikolai Chubb, whose flight to the International Space Station is planned to take place in the spring of 2023. He was preparing to fly to the United States to participate in the training course at the Johnson Space Center.

Usually, astronauts from foreign countries, before flying, pass a period of training at the Gagarin Center for Training Cosmonauts in the Russian City of Stars, where they are briefed on the Russian section of the International Space Station, while Russian astronauts pass through the training period at the Johnson Center in Houston, where they are briefed on the The American section of the International Space Station. This training takes place regardless of which spacecraft the crew members will be traveling on.

Russian citizen Nikolai Chub is a member of the reserve crew of the MKS-68 mission, which is scheduled to fly aboard the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft in September. He is also a member of the main crew of the MKS-69 mission, which is scheduled to fly in the spring of 2023.

Source: TASS





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