Roscosmos to NASA: Explain Yourself Over Rogozin Slight

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Roscosmos is waiting for official explanations of the NASA position on the organization of the return visit of the Russian delegation to the United States in accordance with the previously received invitation.

The preparation of the negotiating position of the state corporation for cooperation of the parties on the program of the International Space Station and deep space has not yet been suspended.

Translated from Russian using Google Translate.

Editor’s Note: The statement is in response to NASA cancelling a planned visit next month by Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin. NASA is seeking Russian cooperation on the Deep Space Gateway. Members of Congress also want to extend ISS operations beyond 2024 — which would be a lot more feasible if Russia agrees.

Rogozin has said Russia could turn to China if Roscosmos is not a full partners on the gateway. The decision to rescind the invitation, which came after sharp criticism from Capitol Hill because Rogozin is on a sanctions list over the Russian annexation of Crimea, will not help U.S. efforts to cooperate with Roscosmos.

Stay tuned. Turbulence ahead.