U.S. President Donald Trump’s statements on the development of resources on the Moon should be given a legal assessment, but attempts to “privatize space” are unacceptable. This was stated by press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov on April 7.
The day before Trump signed a decree on the U.S. right to commercially develop resources on the Moon and other celestial bodies.
“Here it is necessary to give a purely legal assessment to such decisions. And maybe we should first study this decision based on legal approaches. <…> But still some kind of privatization of space in one form or another – such attempts would be unacceptable,” said Peskov.
Under Trump’s decree, U.S. citizens should have the right to conduct commercial research, extract and use resources in outer space. At the same time, space is not regarded as the common heritage of mankind.
Thus, the U.S. rejects the agreement on the moon, adopted by the UN General Assembly.
Trump’s decision outraged the Federation Council and Roscosmos. Thus, Senator Konstantin Kosachev expressed indignation, saying that while the world is struggling with the coronavirus, “Trump is trying to seize space”.
Roscosmos Deputy Director General for International Cooperation Sergei Saveliev called the document “an attempt to expropriate outer space” and “a plan to actually seize the territories of other planets.
The agreement on the activities of states on the Moon and other celestial bodies was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1979. It affirms that the exploration and use of the satellite is the province of all mankind and is in the interest of the world community, and that States involved in the exploration of the Moon should cooperate and provide mutual assistance to each other.