Russia to continue bilateral space negotiations with U.S.


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According to one Russian foreign policy official, the Putin government will continue bilateral space negotiations with United States in connection with both its Artemis Accords (designed to encourage private ownership in space) and the military doctrines in space recently set forth by the U.S. Space Force.

The official also made note of a Russian-Chinese agreement related to the use of space, which seems to counter what the Trump administration is pushing with the Artemis Accords. However, the fact that these bilateral agreements and negotiations now exist actually gets the U.S. what it wants, foreign treaties that set out goals and rules that bypass the restrictions of the Outer Space Treaty. Those restrictions make private ownership in space legally questionable. That Russia is willing to continue negotiations with the U.S. means that it might agree eventually to some framework that allows private property in space, in order to remain a partner in the Trump administrations Artemis lunar project.

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2 comments

  • Michael Schnieders

    This, to me, is fascinating. It truly seems as though we are about break out of our nest and become interplanetary. Discussions between the different governments sounds promising as we see actual attempts from an ever growing number of countries, from India, China, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Japan, & USA. Russia and Australia are talking about future projects; and, Rocket Lab and SpaceX proclaiming their plans.
    I know this will sound a bit pessimistic, but with countries such as China and Russia, I am concerned as to how the Rule of Law will be preserved.

  • mpthompson

    >> I am concerned as to how the Rule of Law will be preserved.

    We could try the old tried and true: Speak softly and carry a big stick.

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