Support for Russia's document by an overwhelming majority of
UN member-states (129 countries voted for it) confirmed the
exceptional importance and timeliness of the initiative
MOSCOW - The United States has been trying
to block efforts by the international community aimed at
preventing an arms race in space, the Russian Foreign Ministry
said on Tuesday. The 70th UN General Assembly session at its
full-scale meeting on December 7 voted for Russia’s resolution,
originally co-authored by Brazil and China, on no-first placement
of weapons in outer space.
"Support for our document by an overwhelming majority of UN
member-states (129 countries voted for it) confirmed the
exceptional importance and timeliness of the initiative," the
Foreign Ministry said. "It is noteworthy that the number of
co-authors of our resolution at the current session grew to 40
"It is noteworthy that the sole country that remains opposed to
the gist of our initiative is the United States, which has for
many years and in utter isolation been trying to block consistent
efforts by the international community for preventing an arms race
in outer space," the Foreign Ministry said. "Of late, Georgia and
Ukraine joined the US stance."
The Foreign Ministry pointed out that ever more questions had to
be asked about "approaches made by the European Union
member-states, which previously took a rather constructive
attitude to the prevention of an arms race in space."
"It is regrettable that for a second year running they have
succumbed to US pressures to refrain from voting on the resolution
on the prevention of an arms race in space, thereby displaying
their indifferent attitude to the possibility of the deployment of
weapons in space," the Foreign Ministry said. "This is a reason
enough to call in question their reliability as partners in the
dialogue on the prevention of use of force in space."
"In our resolution, drafted to build up from and complement the
resolution on the prevention of an arms race in outer space
(presented annually by Egypt and Sri Lanka) proposes specific,
systematic steps aimed at preserving outer space free from weapons
of mass destruction and ensuring the use of outer space
exclusively for peaceful purposes," the Foreign Ministry said.
One of the key elements of that resolution is a call for an early
start of negotiations at the disarmament conference in Geneva for
drafting a legally binding international ban on weapons in space,
the Foreign Ministry said. Also, the resolution contains an appeal
to all member-states for considering the possibility of taking a
national pledge not to be the first to deploy weapons in space.
Such a commitment has already been made by eleven countries:
Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, Venezuela, Indonesia,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Tajikistan and Sri Lanka.
"The globalization of our initiative would serve as a political
guarantee no weapons will ever appear in outer space and as a most
important confidence-building and transparency-promoting measure
in international space activity and a reliable tool to exert
concerted action to maintain equitable, indivisible international
security and strategic stability," the Foreign Ministry said.
"Moscow is determined to go ahead with persistent efforts for the
sake of globalizing the no-first-placement-of-weapons-in-outer-