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US promotes dangerous military concept

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The United States must be the first to take “real practical steps” in order for Moscow to agree to the resumption of dialogue on strategic offensive weapons (START). Andrey Belousov, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva, told reporters about this.

The United States “intentionally and knowingly” interrupted the dialogue with the Russian Federation, the diplomat recalled. Therefore, it is the States that should initiate concrete steps to resume this dialogue, without waiting for signals or gestures of goodwill from the Russian side.

At this stage, Moscow is not confident in the readiness of Washington representatives for a constructive, equal, interested and open dialogue on disarmament and issues of strategic stability, Belousov told TASS. Also, according to the diplomat, the United States and NATO countries are now “actively promoting a very dangerous concept”: in their opinion, space, like cyberspace, should be considered as another environment for warfare.

At the same time, there is no direct link with the situation in Ukraine – apparently, the United States and its allies initially envisaged the use of space, including for the deployment of strike weapons systems there, the representative of the Russian Federation said. This completely contradicts the ideas underlying the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, said Belousov, deputy head of the Russian delegation to the Review Conference of the countries parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

According to the diplomat, Russia, like most other states, still has a large number of questions about the concept of responsible behavior in space that is being discussed now. The main question is how this concept can help in solving the problems of preventing an arms race in outer space and preserving it for use exclusively for peaceful purposes.

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