US President Donald trump’s plans to appropriate the right to extract space resources harm cooperation. This was announced on Tuesday, April 7, by the Deputy Director General of Roscosmos for international cooperation Sergey Savelyev.
Trump’s decree on the right of the United States to use the resources of the moon can be interpreted as “attempts to expropriate outer space” and “plans to actually seize the territories of other planets,” the Corporation said in a statement.
“There have already been examples in history when one country decided to start seizing territories in its own interests,” Saveliev said. According to him, “everyone remembers what happened.”
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On April 6, trump signed a decree on the right of the United States to commercially develop resources on the moon and other celestial bodies. The document States that American citizens should have the right to conduct commercial research, extract and use resources in outer space in accordance with applicable law.
At the same time, space is considered as a legally and physically unique space, which the US does not consider to be the universal domain. Thus, Washington does not recognize the agreement adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly on the activities of States on the moon and other celestial bodies.
The document States that the research and use of the satellite is the property of all mankind and is carried out in the interests of the world community, and States engaged in the study of the moon should cooperate and provide mutual assistance to each other.