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After political pressure : Nasa invitation for the head of the Russian space Agency pulls back

the chief of The U.S. space Agency Nasa, Jim bride Stine, has been withdrawn in response to political pressure is an invitation to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Rogozin on a working visit in the United States. The bride Stine said in an Interview with the "Washington Post". "We have heard from several senators that this is not a good idea," said the bride Stine, with a view to the first scheduled visit. Then he pulled the invitation back. Nasa had announced that the Visit was postponed for an indefinite period of time.

Previously had exercised, especially politicians in the U.S. Democrats pressure on Nasa. Rogozin had been set in 2014 on the U.S. sanctions list. At that time, the Democrats had, under President Barack Obama the White house.

The Russian space Agency, Roskosmos requested by Nasa in an official statement. The space Agency wrote on Twitter that they were waiting on a statement on the organization of the visit of the Russian Delegation. It had previously put in a invitation for a visit in the United States. Roscosmos emphasized that the preparations for the negotiations on future cooperation with Nasa, had not yet been exposed to.

Russia had annexed five years ago, the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea, which sanctions of the USA and also the EU. The head of state, Vladimir Putin appointed Rogozin in may 2018 a Roscosmos-in-chief. He is regarded as an ardent Nationalist, for his anti-Western rhetoric known. In connection with the Ukraine crisis, the U.S. government in 2014, had imposed a travel ban and an account suspension against Rogozin. Nasa chief bride Stine had said in October, the Russian news Agency Tass, the US government had decided to take Rogozin temporarily from the sanctions list so that he would be allowed to enter at the invitation of the Nasa in the USA.

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Rogosins intention to visit the Johnson space center in Houston, Texas, had triggered protests from US politicians. The democratic Senator, Jeanne Shaheen had said on Wednesday that the invitation of the Nasa Rogozin cast a bad light on the United States and claims the "priority of security interests" of the country.

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In times of increasing tensions between Moscow and Washington, space travel is so far, one of the areas where cooperation still works well. For example, Nasa uses Russian transporters to transport your astronauts into space. The international space station is inhabited by Russian and American astronauts. (dpa)

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