At a meeting on September 14, the Committee on International Affairs recommended that the State Duma ratify the Russian-Mexican intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of “peaceful space”, signed on September 28, 2021.
Draft Law No. 160022-8 “On Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the United Mexican States on Cooperation in exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes” was submitted for consideration on July 7 of this year.
The document lays “organizational and legal foundations for mutually beneficial cooperation between the parties and relevant organizations” in the field of exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, the explanatory note states.
“The agreement was prepared and signed in connection with a steady trend towards expanding cooperation between Russia and Mexico in the field of space activities through joint projects planned for implementation, relating, in particular, to the installation of GLONASS stations and an optical-electronic complex for warning about dangerous situations in near-Earth space,” the accompanying documents say.
Cooperation in the field of peaceful space will make it possible to promote relevant services in a competitive environment in the global space services market, provide domestic organizations of the rocket and space industry with additional capacity utilization and increase the employment of their employees.
Ratification of the intergovernmental agreement is fully in line with the interests of the Russian Federation, said Committee Chairman Leonid Slutsky.