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A Soviet and Russian physicist has warned of the dire effects any curtailment of Russian-US space projects may have on world science.

Roald Sagdeyev, who has long led the Space Research Institute under the USSR Academy of Sciences, told ITAR-TASS in an interview on Thursday he had no doubts that NASA’s decision to suspend cooperation with Russia was “induced from above.”

Sagdeyev, currently a professor at the University of Maryland, explained that “NASA is a purely technical organization that never makes political decisions.”

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