Russia, through the UN, will raise the issue of U.S. claims to lunar resources. This statement was made on Tuesday, October 27, in the press service of Roscosmos.
“The corresponding item is on the agenda of the session [Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space]. The issue will be raised on behalf of the Russian Federation, as it is customary in the UN”, – quotes the message of the state corporation.
According to the information on the Committee’s website, the next meeting will be held in April next year.
On April 6, US President Donald Trump signed a decree on commercial development of the Moon’s resources. The document allows the U.S. not to regard the moon as the common heritage of mankind and to appropriate the extracted resources on its own. The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, then compared Washington’s plans to develop the moon with the American invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.
On September 21, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) presented an updated plan of its lunar program Artemis (Artemis), the first phase of which is now scheduled for 2021 and the second for 2023.