7 Apr 2020 14:54

Roscosmos condemns U.S. plans for moon mining

MOSCOW. April 7 (Interfax) - Roscosmos has criticized U.S. mining plans for the moon and other celestial bodies.

"Attempted expropriation of outer space and aggressive plans of actually taking over other planets will hardly encourage states to establish fruitful cooperation," Roscosmos said.

"There have been examples in history when a country has tried to grab territories to its own benefit; everyone remembers how that ended," Roscosmos Deputy General Director for International Cooperation Sergei Savelyev said.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on April 6 allowing the commercial resources development of the moon and other celestial bodies and tasking the U.S. administration with countering any attempts to regard outer space as global commons. The order was published by the White House press service.