Russian Federation slams USA order to privatize outer space

  • Russian Federation slams USA order to privatize outer space

Russian Federation slams USA order to privatize outer space

"Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space", the order states, noting that the USA had never signed a 1979 agreement known as the moon treaty. He said it undermined the spirit of worldwide cooperation in space.

"Attempts to expropriate outer space and aggressive plans to actually seize territories of other planets hardly set the countries (on course for) fruitful cooperation", its statement said. The order reaffirms U.S. support for the 1967 Outer Space Treaty while continuing to reject the 1979 Moon Agreement, which only 17 of the 95 Member States of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space have ratified in the past four decades.

Trump's policy affirms a 2015 bill, which never became law, that encourages USA commercial entities to own and sell resources extracted from outer space. "This action is a step towards that process, and will support active US leadership in bilateral and multilateral efforts to resolve legal uncertainties around space resources utilization".

The order also says that the U.S. is not part of the moon agreement.

Russian Federation claimed Trump's signed order would damage global cooperation in space.

U.S. space policy is aligned with the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which the White House argues allows for the commercial exploitation of off-earth resources, including those discovered on the moon or other celestial bodies.

The treaty explicitly forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the Moon or a planet on the basis that they are 'the common heritage of mankind'.

The Kremlin later said any colonization of space would be "unacceptable".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that "any kind of attempt to privatise space in one form or another - and I find it hard to say now whether this can be seen as an attempt to privatise space - would be unacceptable".