UN Security Council rejects Russia’s space weapons resolution | Space

The United Nations Security Council rejected a Russian-backed resolution that called to prevent the deployment of weapons in space after the U.S., France and the U.K. all voted against the measure.

The final vote was 7-7 with one abstention. In favor of the measure was Algeria, China, Ecuador, Guyana, Mozambique, Russia, and Sierra Leone.

Against the resolution was France, Japan, Malta, the Republic of Korea, Slovenia, the U.K., and the U.S., with Switzerland abstaining. The U.S., the U.K. and France are permanent members and have veto power.

The Monday vote came after Russia vetoed a resolution last month that called to reaffirm a commitment to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which calls to prevent the deployment of nuclear weapons in outer space, a renewed fear after the U.S. accused Moscow of preparing to potentially put such a weapon in space.

Russia said it had vetoed that measure because it wanted to prohibit all weapons from being deployed in space. Following the vote last month, Russia quickly offered an alternative resolution that called to prevent the deployment of any kind of weapon in space and for countries to take steps toward a legally binding agreement to limit arms above Earth.

U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood, the alternate representative for special political affairs at the U.N, said that Russia “has sought to distract from its…

Source thehill.com

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