DoD: US, Russia Could Use Platform Similar to Arctic Council to Discuss Space

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Space Policy Analyst at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Lieutenant Colonel David Anderson claims that the United States and Russia could address and discuss the issues related to the space with a platform similar to the Arctic Council.

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OMAHA (Sputnik) — The United States and Russia could address and discuss the issues related to the space with a platform similar to the Arctic Council, Space Policy Analyst at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Lieutenant Colonel David Anderson, told Sputnik on Thursday.

"I think if we were to set up a super national organization very similar to, the US and Russia have engaged I think in the past in such forms, in the Arctic Council, as we have shared interests within the Arctic that we could actually utilize the same type of model that allows different levels of engagement," Anderson said.

The platform could be at the highest presidential level, Anderson added, to ensure US and Russian leaders "are clear and understand each other's intentions."

"But then it can also scale down to be at the military level, that can be at the civil and civilian levels as well as commercial cooperation," Anderson said.

Anderson spoke on the sidelines of the seventh annual US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Deterrence Symposium in Omaha, Nebraska which is being held on July 26-27.

The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum comprised of the eight Arctic nations — Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. The organization aims to facilitate cooperation among the eight states and Arctic indigenous communities and focuses on sustainable development and environmental protection of the region.

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