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Russia vows to protect moon from privatization

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 26, 2020
Russia will not allow the privatization of the Moon, the head of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, Dmitri Rogozin, told the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.
Dmitri Rogozin
Roscosmos   Dmitri Rogozin
According to him, Moscow considers the Moon primarily as a satellite of the earth and any attempts to extract minerals there contradict international law.

Topics: Russia

"We will not allow the privatization of the Moon, it is illegal," Rogozin said, alluding to U.S. plans to start resource extraction on the Earth’ satellite without the participation of Russia.

The "Artemis Accords," which the U.S. is preparing to sign with allies in the near future, involve the creation of "security zones" around the Moon that will be protected from encroachment by rival countries and private organizations.

The plan also includes the legal registration of ownership of the Moon resources. The agreement is expected to include the European Union, Canada, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.