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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

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




LATEST EVENTS

05.11.2019 - Andrei Kelin appointed as Russia’s Ambassador to the UK

By the Presidential decree № 545 dated 5 November 2019 Andrei Kelin has been appointed as Russia’s Ambassador to the UK


30.10.2019 - Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on Syria, Geneva, 29 October 2019

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format held the trilateral meeting and consultations with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Mr.Geir O. Pedersen in Geneva on 29 October 2019.


19.10.2019 - V Russian-British Business Forum in London will host an international conference of Russian compatriots

On 27 November 2019 the Russian Embassy in London and the Russian Community Council in the United Kingdom will hold the international conference “Compatriots-businessmen: prospects of cooperation” on the sidelines of the 5th Russian-British Business Forum. The conference will see over 80 businesspeople from the Russian community living in the United Kingdom as well as continental Europe. They will exchange experience and discuss business opportunities, development of culture and social projects related to Russia.


10.10.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Nur-Sultan, October 9, 2019

Esteemed Mr Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Thank you very much for receiving me during my visit to Nur-Sultan.


10.10.2019 - Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin’s interview with Izvestia, October 9, 2019

Question: Mr Vershinin, following the UN General Assembly session, it was stated that, in the wake of the visa scandal, several UN General Assembly committees could be transferred from New York to another country. Do you think it is possible? Sergey Vershinin: I think this is feasible, but the decision should be taken by the General Assembly. This is not the first time the United States has violated its obligations under the UN Charter and the agreement on the location of the organisation’s central bodies in the United States. As you may be aware, this is not just a question of this year or today. We have been raising this issue for many years, specifically, since 2004, in the special UN Committee on Relations with the Host Country, because there were similar incidents then, too.


26.09.2019 - Embassy Press Officer comments on new data regarding the Salisbury investigation

On 25 September, the Metropolitan Police published new data on blood tests taken in March 2018 from individuals that might have been affected by a nerve agent in Salisbury. The samples did not reveal any traces of exposure. Leaving aside the question of why the tests have been carried out only now, let us point out that the absence of traces of “Novichok” does not help to support the official British version of the incident. But there is another aspect to the news.


25.09.2019 - Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on Syria, New York, 24 September 2019

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format held a trilateral meeting on the margins of the 74th meeting of UN General Assembly. The Ministers: 1. Reaffirmed the strong commitment of the Astana guarantors to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and emphasized that these principles should be respected by all sides.


23.09.2019 - “World at a Crossroads and a System of International Relations for the Future” by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for “Russia in Global Affairs” magazine, September 20, 2019

These days, the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens up. So does a new international “political season”. The session begins at a highly symbolic historical moment. Next year we will celebrate two great and interconnected anniversaries – the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic and Second World Wars, and the establishment of the UN.


22.09.2019 - Embassy Press Officer replies to a media question regarding Charlie Rowley’s intention to sue the Russian Government

Question: How would you comment on the plans by Charlie Rowley, a victim of the Amesbury poisonings, to initiate judicial proceedings against the Russian authorities? Answer: As far as we understand, these plans are at a very preliminary stage. A lawsuit specifically against the Russian Government is but one of the options considered by Mr Rowley’s lawyers. For our part, we fully share Charlie’s desire to establish truth regarding his poisoning that also resulted in the death of his partner Dawn Sturgess. Mr Rowley is seeking clarity over the “unanswered questions”, which is, incidentally or not, the title of the Embassy’s own report with questions to the British authorities.


17.09.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on attack against oil infrastructure facilities in Saudi Arabia

According to media reports, a large-scale drone attack was launched in the early hours of September 14 against oil refineries of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company Saudi Aramco near the cities of Abqaiq and Khurais in the eastern part of the Kingdom. The Houthi Ansar Allah movement, now fighting against forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Arabian Coalition supporting him in Yemen, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.



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