NASA director Jim Bridenstine stated that Washington will temporarily lift sanctions from the head of the Russian state owned corporation Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin so that he can visit the US at the invitation of NASA.
“I would like to discuss many questions with Dmitry Rogozin. If we want to establish a good working relationship, then we need to start to fully interact with each other, which in turn, will be good for both countries. We worked in a number of areas, so the Chief Director of Roscosmos was able to visit the United States. Also, we achieved this outcome so he could come here and meet with NASA representatives, as well as with some of our contractors,” he said.
Also, according to Bridenstine, Rogozin may give a speech in the United States at Rice University.
“I was happy to make a speech at Moscow State University, his alma mater, and I would be happy for him to make a speech in Rice University,” he stated.
The head of NASA also added that the US wants to maintain relations with Russia in space exploration.
The current head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin has been under the US sanctions since 2014 due to Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Dmitry Rogozin became the head of Roscosmos several month ago after serving as a Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.