The Kremlin reacted to the decree of American leader Donald Trump on the right of Americans to extract resources on the Moon. Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that space privatization is unacceptable. However, whether Trump’s decree can be considered as its attempt, Peskov could not answer.
- In this case, of course, you need to give a legal assessment to such decisions. Probably, it is necessary to study this decision first, based on legal approaches... But still some kind of space privatization in one form or another, - and now I find it difficult to say whether this can be regarded as an attempt to privatize space, - such attempts would be unacceptable, - quotes Kommersant words of Peskov.
Meanwhile, the American leader signed a decree according to which the Americans secured the right to extract space resources, and also ordered within six months to discuss similar agreements with other countries. The state corporation Dmitry Rogozin accused the American president of seizing the territories of other planets.
“Attempts to expropriate outer space and aggressive plans to actually seize the planet’s territories hardly set up countries for fruitful cooperation,” the words of Sergey Savelyev, deputy director general for international cooperation, are quoted on the official Twitter of Roscosmos. “There have already been examples in history when one country decided start seizing territories in their interests - everyone remembers what came of it.
Note that Trump claimed that space is a unique space for human activities, but it is not in the public domain, and therefore the country intends to “stimulate international support for the extraction and use of resources in space”.
In addition, the United States does not recognize the Agreement on the Activities of States on the Moon and other celestial bodies, which was adopted by a resolution of the UN General Assembly in 1979, according to which the study of the natural satellite of the Earth becomes the property of mankind and is carried out in the interests of all states.
Recall that in connection with the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, it was decided to suspend the assembly of all Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft. These devices were supposed to go to the moon and Mars. Donald Trump demanded that American astronauts fly to the moon at any cost.
"Roskosmos" also talked about plans for flights to the moon. In 2014, ode Dmitry Rogozin assured that the country was ready to explore both Mars and the Moon, but later began to doubt its words, having not determined exactly what minerals could be on the Moon. However, the head of the state corporation suggested Russia's participation in the American Gateway project.