Rogozin Urges Putin to Place Asteroid Defense on G-20 Agenda
April 13, 2013 • 10:37AM

In a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Deputy Prime Minister Dimitri Rogozin urges that the "Strategic Defense of the Earth" be placed high on the agenda of the upcoming G20 meeting in September. Russia is presently chairing the G20, which will hold its next summit September 8-9 in St. Petersburg.

In the letter, "leaked" to the newspaper Izvestiya, Rogozin says, "The scale of the task of neutralizing the asteroid threat requires the concentration of global intellectual resources and the scientific potential of Russia, the United States, and other countries of the world... Such a program of cooperation will increase trust between the nations and at the same time create the conditions for ending the confrontation over the missile defense program." To conduct such a program, Rogozin is calling for the creation of a new structure under the auspices of the United Nations, which Rogozin calls a "space IAEA."

Rogozin calls this "the project to save civilization from threats in space."