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    http://www.freenewmexican.com/news/14379.html Report: Russia threatens retaliatory steps if any country deploys weapons in space Associated Press June 2, 2005
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      Report: Russia threatens retaliatory steps if any
      country deploys weapons in space

      Associated Press
      June 2, 2005

      MOSCOW (AP) - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov
      on Thursday threatened retaliatory steps if any
      country deploys weapons in space, Russian news
      agencies.

      "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
      protected.

      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.
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