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Andrey Malov on cooperation and competition in outer space

14.12.2015

MOSCOW, DECEMBER 15, 2015. PIR PRESS – “From our point of view, the key obligations under the treaty on the prevention of the placement of weapons in outer space should principally be as follows: no deployment of any kind of weapons in outer space; no use or threat of use of force against space objects of the member states… These provisions that constitute the scope of the treaty, as envisioned by those who drafted the treaty, should make development and test of such weapons at least unreasonable” – Andrey Malov, Senior Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the Office of the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva.

On December 7, 2015, the UN General Assembly has adopted a Russian-sponsored resolution “Prevention of an arms race in outer space” (A/RES/70/27). Four states, including the USA, voted against the measure.

One of the key topics of the forthcoming issue of the Security Index journal (No. 4 (115), 2015) is outer space security and international cooperation along with preventing weaponization of outer space. The article “What Stands in the Way of the Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space” by Andrey Malov, Senior Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the Office of the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva, opens a series of materials devoted to this issue. In his analysis (in Russian), the diplomat shows the obstacles to the treaty on the prevention of the placement of weapons in outer space and the possible mechanisms of states’ cooperation in this in this area. 

“From our point of view, the key obligations under the treaty on the prevention of the placement of weapons in outer space (PPWT) should principally be as follows: no deployment of any kind of weapons in outer space; no use or threat of use of force against spatial objects of the member states… These provisions that constitute the scope of the treaty, as envisioned by those who drafted the treaty, should make development and test of such weapons at least unreasonable” – Andrey Malov writes.

From the expert’s point of view, there are grounds for believing that American space capabilities have prospects to develop network strike systems. Pentagon’s intention to create a new joint data-processing center for military and reconnaissance satellites confirms the intent to use such systems, Andrey Malov highlights. He concludes that this and other factors create opportunities for increasing potential for possible use of the space weapons. According to the author, this makes the USA and its most close allies reluctant to begin elaboration of the PPWT.

For questions concerning the Security Index journal, please contact the Editor-in-Chief Olga Mostinskaya by telephone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or by email at mostinskaya at pircenter.org.


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