Attempts to seize the territories of other planets cannot set states on fruitful interaction. This opinion was expressed on Tuesday by the Deputy Director General of Roscosmos for International Cooperation, Sergey Savelyev, commenting on a decree signed yesterday by US President Donald Trump in support of the commercial development of resources on the Moon by the United States.
"Attempts to expropriate outer space and aggressive plans to actually seize territories of other planets hardly set the countries to fruitful cooperation," Saveliev said.
He recalled that there were examples in history when one country decided to start seizing territories in its interests. “Everyone remembers what came of it,” Saveliev added.
On April 6, Trump signed a decree on the right of the United States to commercialize resources on the Moon and other celestial bodies. The document states that US citizens should have the right to conduct commercial research, to extract and use resources in outer space in accordance with applicable law.
In turn, the General Director of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin on his Twitter page stated that the two decrees signed by Trump “on the actual assignment of the moon and other celestial bodies to the United States” and on the state of emergency in the United States due to coronavirus can be related. “We are trying to understand how these decrees are interconnected,” he wrote.
At the same time, space is considered as a legally and physically unique space that the United States does not consider to be in the public domain. Thus, Washington does not recognize the agreement adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979 on the activities of states on the moon and other celestial bodies, Gazeta.ru writes. The document states that the exploration and use of the satellite is the property of all mankind and is carried out in the interests of the world community, and the states involved in the exploration of the moon should cooperate and provide mutual assistance to each other.
Roscosmos, also known as the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, is the coordinating hub for space activities in Russia. It performs numerous civilian activities (including Earth monitoring and the astronaut program) and coordinates with the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation for military launches.