On 14 February 2018, minister of the economy, Etienne Schneider, met with deputy primer minister of Russia, Dmitry Rogozin to agree a new cooperation between the two countries on scientific cooperation in the space sector including aspects related to the extraction and use of natural resources of celestial bodies that subscribe to the spaceresources.lu initiative. This cooperation led to the creation of a Council for Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

The cooperation was announced at the 11th Joint Economic Cooperation Commission between the Belgo-Luxembourg Economic Union (BLEU) and the Russian Federation.

During this visit, the Luxembourg National Agency for Research and Innovation Luxinnovation also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Russian Innovation centre Skolkovo Foundation.

The two bodies are set to cooperate in the field of innovation and new technologies.

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