The delayed customs clearance of foods sent to U.S. crewmembers of the International Space Station (ISS) has no effect whatsoever on food supply to Russian cosmonauts, a source in the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medical and Biological Problems told Interfax-AVN. The institute provides medical assistance to Russian space travelers.
"The Institute is in charge of only those foods that are sent to Russian cosmonauts. There are no problems in this area. The foods to be transported by the Progress resupply ship on February 17 are all ready to be delivered to the space center. We can share food with U.S. colleagues if necessary," the institute representative said.
He added that the resupply ship would bring several hundreds of kilograms of food, water, oxygen and hygienic items to the Russian ISS segment in February.
A source in the Russian rocket and space industry told Interfax-AVN earlier in the day that Russia's retaliatory measures against Western sanctions which limited food supply from the United States and the European Union might deprive U.S. and European crewmembers of the International Space Station (ISS) of food.
"Foods bound for the ISS by the Progress M-26M flight on February 17 have become stranded somewhere in customs," the source said.
"Inquiries have been made and an exception has been requested but there has been no response from the bureaucrats as of yet," he said.
The station is manned by Russia's Alexander Samokutyayev, Yelena Serova and Anton Shkaplerov, NASA's Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts, and ESA's Samantha Cristoforetti.
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