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07.08.2019

Embassy’s Press Officer reply to a question on the measures to secure Outer Space free from weapons

Question: Russia is promoting an initiative on “No first placement weapons in Outer Space”. Could you explain the reasons for adhering to this political commitment?

Press Secretary: While the Outer Space Treaty (1967) prohibits the deployment of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in Outer Space, the Treaty does not explicitly cover either conventional arms or new weapon technologies. As a result, there is a legal gap with regard to a possible placement of weapons other than WMDs in Outer Space.

In 2008 Russia and China introduced at the Conference on Disarmament a draft Treaty on Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space and of the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects (PPWT). Subsequently, in 2014 Russia and China submitted an updated version of the PPWT draft reflecting considerations of interested states, thus giving an additional impulse to further work on the draft. However, no progress has been made due to CD failure to agree on its program of work.

In its address to the UNGA First Committee on October 5, 2004, Russia committed Not to be the First to Place Weapons of any kind in Outer Space and called upon UN Member States to follow the lead. Since then more than 20 nations have formally adhered to a NFP policy. And now NFP can be reasonably considered as an international initiative.

In 2014 a group of like-minded delegations at the UNGA First Committee made one more step forward towards preserving Outer Space free from weapons of any type by introducing a draft resolution “No first placement weapons in Outer Space”. The document invites the members of the international community to a broad dialogue on the subject. NFP represents a voluntary political undertaking. The point is simple – a nation publicly and in good faith commits not to be the first to place weapons in Outer Space. This is the only requirement for NFP. All other elements are optional. An interested nation may also make an extended commitment to NFP, for example, a definition of a space weapon, means for verification etc.

Meanwhile, a threat of Outer Space weaponization is getting more and more real. The updated 2019 US Missile Defense Review clearly shows the intention of deployment of a space echelon of interceptors, i.e. combat striking weapon systems capable of engaging objects both in space, in the air and on the Earth surface. Similar documents have been developed by NATO and its members. For instance, a space doctrine, recently adopted by France, implies a possibility for offensive operations in Outer Space.

In light of the absence of a legal instrument or any other framework preventing placement of weapons in Outer Space, it is just a matter of time and political perceptions of the US, France or other countries as to when space weapons will be deployed. In this case “sit and wait” scenario is not an option at all. Therefore, the international community is in urgent need of developing some sort of an arrangement that would be of practical value to prevent that from happening. Regrettably, nobody has proposed anything viable to that end. In this sense, there is no alternative to the NFP initiative promoted by a growing number of nations.

Following this logic, Russia once again urges all interested states to adhere to the NFP International Initiative without any further delay and vote in favor of the UNGA resolution on NFP as its co-sponsor.

 

7 August 2019, 18:30




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