“Yes, it [Roscosmos] is planning this,” stated the space agency in response to a question about Russia’s intention to raise this issue at the UN.
The question of the US’s plan to mine mineral resources on the moon will be discussed at Russia’s wish at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, the Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos told the TASS on Tuesday.
U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order in April proclaiming Washington’s right to mine various types of metals and other minerals on the moon, particularly in the late phases of the Artemis Lunar Program.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order in April declaring Washington’s right to mine various metals and other mineral resources on the moon, particularly in the late phases of the Artemis Lunar Program.
Roscosmos leader Dmitry Rogozin previously stated that privatizing the moon is against international law and Russia will not allow it.
“The relevant item was placed on the agenda of the meeting. The issue will be raised on behalf of the Russian Federation according to the process accepted at the UN,” Roscosmos specified.
NASA later announced the Artemis Agreements, a set of standards for lunar exploration allegedly enshrined in the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. NASA’s standards specifically concern the use of the moon’s resources and the idea of creating so-called “safe zones” to prevent “harmful interference”.