Cosmonaut Chub received an American visa for training in the United States

in the spring of 2023. All astronauts traditionally undergo such training before flying to the ISS. In addition, it was reported that the Director General of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin will request NASA's position on the US refusal to issue a visa to a cosmonaut from Russia. The United States issued a visa to Russian cosmonaut Nikolai Chub so that he could attend a training session at the Johnson Space Center, Roscosmos reported. He is also a member of the main crew of the ISS-69 expedition, which, according to the plan, will fly on Soyuz MS-23. Gagarin in Star City, where they master the Russian segment of the ISS, and Russian cosmonauts – at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where they get acquainted with the American segment. The training takes place regardless of which ship the crew members will fly on. Last week, the state corporation reported that the safety of Russian cosmonaut Chub's stay on the ISS during the flight planned for 2023 was in question due to the US refusal to issue him a visa. Usually, before the flight, astronauts from other countries train at the Cosmonaut Training Center named after Yu.A. The diplomatic mission also noted that Washington highly appreciates cooperation with Moscow on the ISS. Earlier, the US Embassy announced that they continue to issue visas to astronauts from Russia. Истoчник Chub is part of the backup crew of the ISS-68 expedition, whose flight on the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft should take place in September. It was clarified that a Russian needs it for the first five-week session to get acquainted with the American segment of the station.