The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, at a briefing criticized the document “NATO’s overarching Space Policy” published on January 17, 2022.
According to her, the document is another attempt to legitimize the use of force in outer space, which contradicts the task approved by the international community to prevent an arms race in outer space.
“The document is tendentious, in fact, provocative in nature, it is made in line with the destructive attitudes of the cosmically significant NATO member states led by the United States […] Thus, the alliance turns space into an arena of military operations,” Zakharova stated.
Zakharova noted that these factors once again confirm the relevance and correctness of Moscow’s proposals on security guarantees, as well as the relevance of legal initiatives promoted by the Russian Federation and its like-minded people to prevent an arms race in outer space.
Earlier, the deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN office in Geneva, Andrei Belousov, also said that some countries are working on the issue of placing weapons in outer space for conducting battles.
“A number of States are already implementing a policy of deploying weapons in space, increasing the potential for forceful impact on space objects and life support infrastructure on Earth, and also planning to conduct combat operations in outer space,” he said.
Belousov drew attention to the importance of preventing an arms race in outer space and preserving outer space for peaceful purposes, which is enshrined in the final document of the first special session of the UN General Assembly on Disarmament in 1978.