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Tuesday, 20 March, 2001, 06:48 GMT
Russia, US in space row

Two Russian cosmonauts due to fly to the international space station next month have boycotted a training session in the United States.

They were protesting at a decision by the American space agency, NASA, not to allow a Californian businessman, Dennis Tito, to join them on their trip.

Mr Tito, who's donating millions of dollars to the Russian space agency, wants to become the world's first space tourist.

But NASA says he would be a burden and a threat to safety.

Russian space officials say the Americans have no right to dictate who can travel on their rockets.

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