Report: Russia threatens retaliatory steps if any
country deploys weapons in space
June 2, 2005
MOSCOW (AP) - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov
on Thursday threatened retaliatory steps if any
country deploys weapons in space, Russian news
"Russia's position on this question has not changed
for decades: We are categorically against the
militarization of space," Ivanov said, according to
the Interfax news agency.
"If some state begins to realize such plans, then we
doubtless will take adequate retaliatory measures,"
ITAR-Tass quoted him as saying at the Baikonur
cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The U.S. administration currently is reviewing the
U.S. space policy doctrine. Last month, White House
spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters that the
policy review was not considering the weaponization of
space. But he said new threats to U.S. satellites have
emerged in the years since the U.S. space doctrine was
last reviewed in 1996, and those satellites must be
In 2002, after the United States withdrew from the
1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, China and Russia
submitted a proposal for a new international treaty to
ban weapons in outer space.
But the United States has said it sees no need for any
new space arms control agreements. It is party to the
1967 Outer Space Treaty, which prohibits stationing
weapons of mass destruction in space.