Russia vetoes UN vote on stopping arms race in space

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling on all countries to prevent an arms race in outer space.

The draft resolution submitted by the United States and Japan called for reaffirming principles already established in the 1967 Outer Space Treaty.

The United States has warned that Russia is believed to be developing space-based anti-satellite nuclear weapons.

Russia said it was “resolutely committed” to the current treaty.

The draft, submitted Wednesday, calls on “all states, especially those with major space capabilities, to contribute actively to the objectives of peaceful uses of outer space and the prevention of an arms race in outer space.” ing.

He also called on all countries to comply with this. outer space treatyUnder it, all parties agreed “not to place in orbit around the Earth objects carrying nuclear weapons or other types of weapons of mass destruction.”

Thirteen of the 15 members of the council voted in favor, while Russia, one of the five permanent members with veto power, voted against and China abstained.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield called the move “inexplicable.”

“Russia vetoed a simple resolution that affirmed legally binding obligations,” she said. “President Putin himself has publicly stated that Russia has no intention of deploying nuclear weapons in space.

“So today’s veto begs the question, why? If you followed the rules, why wouldn’t you support a resolution to reaffirm them? What are you hiding?”

In February, White House Press Secretary John Kirby said that Russia I have “troubles” It is a new anti-satellite weapon, he added, but the weapon is not yet operational.

The weapon was deployed in space and carried a nuclear weapon capable of targeting satellites, the BBC’s US partner CBS News reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin answered and said The Russian government said it was “firmly opposed” to the use of nuclear weapons in space.

More than any other potential adversary in the world, the United States relies on satellite communications for everything from military operations and surveillance to civilian uses such as GPS systems and financial transactions.

On Wednesday, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan reiterated that the United States assesses that “Russia is developing new satellites with nuclear devices.”

Details of the information behind this claim have not been made public.

“Russia is firmly committed to its obligations under international law, including the 1967 Outer Space Treaty,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Russia’s UN special envoy Vasily Nebenzia said the Japan-U.S. resolution was a “cynical ploy” with “hidden motives”.

The UN Security Council is made up of five permanent members: the US, UK, France, China, and Russia, each with veto power, and 10 seats rotate among the other UN member states.

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