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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Space Delay Criticized

MOSCOW -- Visiting U.S. congressmen harshly criticized Russia on Wednesday for dragging its feet on funding the international space station. Republican Dana Rohrabacher said if Russia fails to come up with the promised money and proves an unreliable partner, it could jeopardize not only the whole space project but major business deals as well.

"This will be symbolic probably for the rest of this decade as to whether or not big business and big governments will be able to come and work with the Russians,'' he said.

First Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Bolshakov promised them Russia would keep its commitment to build a key element of the space station.