Russia's Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, intends to sign a framework agreement with the National Space Agency of the United Arab Emirates about the first UAE cosmonaut to the International Space Station. The cosmonaut will fly on board Russia's Soyuz spaceship already in late 2019 or in early 2020.
The cosmonaut from the Emirates shall not be referred to as a space tourist, because his flight will take place as part of the space program of the United Arab Emirates. The cosmonaut will thus obtain the status of a space flight member under attendance mission program. For the time being, it goes about two people only - the main candidate and his backup man.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation put the head of the contractor company of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Sergei Slastikhin, on international wanted list
"Washington operators of the sanctions machine ought to get acquainted with the history of Russia, to stop the unnecessary fussing," spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said