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NASA suspends cooperation with Russia except for International Space Station

Thursday, 3 April 2014 - 9:17am IST | Place: Washington | Agency: IANS
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The US space agency -- NASA -- has suspended all contacts with its Russian counterpart Roscosmos except for ongoing activities aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

"This suspension includes NASA travel to Russia and visits by Russian Government representatives to NASA facilities, bilateral meetings, e-mail, and teleconferences or video conferences," Xinhua reported quoting an internal letter published by the US space news website Spaceref Wednesday, citing US-Russian tensions over Ukraine and Crimea.

"At the present time, only operational International Space Station activities have been excepted," it said.

There are currently two Americans onboard the ISS.

In addition, multilateral meetings held outside of Russia that may include Russian participation are not precluded under the present guidance, the letter added.

In March, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has repeatedly said that space cooperation between the two countries would not be affected over tensions in Ukraine.

 




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