8 February 2016
Moscow worried over possibility of deployment of attack weapons in space — deputy FM
MOSCOW - Russia is concerned over the ever more realistic prospect of attack weapons being deployed in outer space, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS in an interview.
"We are alarmed over the ever more real prospect of attack weapons being deployed in outer space," he said. "This is not identical to the militarization of space. I would like to draw a certain line here. Many countries have long used space and are still using it for intelligence and communication and for keeping an eye on what is happening in various parts of the world."
"We say it will be impermissible to deploy attack weapons in outer space. In other words, of weapons that might be used for attacking space objects of other countries or for attacking targets on the Earth from space," Ryabkov said. "Technologies are developing and such a possibility is getting ever more real."
Ryabkov voiced the certainty that an obstruction to this should be put up before it is too late.
"In a situation where there is no such restriction it is
extremely hard to consider further nuclear arms reductions. They
have played the central role from the standpoint of deterring
any potential aggressor and still play this role today," he