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Russia Fully Opposes Militarization Of Space - Foreign Ministry

A nuclear bomb detonated high above a country- like this test (by the United States) done over the Pacific Ocean in the 1950's (Program Starfish) - could unleash an electromagnetic pulse that would shut down a nation's power grid and, along with it, communications, water supplies and even food transportation.
Moscow (SPX) May 23, 2005
Russia is active in preventing the placement of weapons in outer space, official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko restated last Friday, according to RIA Novosti.

Yakovenko was commenting on statements - published in The Financial Times - made by Yermakov, the senior counselor of the Russian embassy in Washington, who allegedly said Russia would consider using force if the United States put weapons in outer space.

"Essentially, our position is that at different international forums Russia actively pursues a policy line in favor of preventing the placement of armaments in space. It is our consistent and principled position," stressed the official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Alexander Yakovenko restated what the Russian diplomat said at the Washington conference: "Our policy is not aimed at creating situations that could lead to a confrontation. If we cannot find understanding with the administration of the United States and find ourselves in a situation when we have to react, we'll certainly do it."

All the rest beyond the framework of this utterance is "the daily's interpretation," Alexander Yakovenko said.

In the opinion of the first deputy of the Russian defense minister, and chief of the general staff of the Russian armed forces, Yuri Baluevski, the United States President George Bush would not allow the militarization of space.

"Today's generally recognized international norms for representatives of all the leading powers prevent the militarization of space," Baluevski told RIA Novosti in an interview on Wednesday, May 18.

He said that this issue has been discussed many times in the United Nations and not a single state, including the United States, has so far officially declared a violation of the moratorium on the militarization of space."

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Analysis: China Ready To Counter U.S. Space Plans
Washington, (UPI) May 20, 2005
China takes U.S. plans to boost its space military capabilities very seriously and is likely to respond with energetic counter-measures of her own, a leading expert on the Chinese space program told United Press International.

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