MOSCOW, 17 Feb – RIA Novosti. Moscow refused a visa to a candidate for the post of head of the NASA office in Russia as a response to a similar refusal from the United States, while the Russian side hopes that such problems will be overcome, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Earlier, sources in the rocket and space industry told RIA Novosti that the candidate for the post of head of the NASA office in Russia did not receive a diplomatic visa in response to a similar step by the United States against a number of Russian diplomats. The interlocutors did not specify the name of the candidate for the post of head of the NASA office in Russia.
“Yes, it was a reciprocal step,” Ryabkov confirmed.
“Any obstacles in the form of visa difficulties, some kind of restrictions on contacts – specifically through NASA, I would not say that we are seriously faced with this, but through other American departments this has often taken place – that these artificial obstacles are possible would be gradually overcome. Ideally, liquidate. We will propose this to the administration in Washington, “the high-ranking Russian diplomat emphasized.
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