Russia reaffirms commitment to peaceful space exploration, Ryabkov clarifies

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov

24th February 2024 – (Moscow) Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov underlined Russia’s adherence to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty on Saturday. The high-ranking official dismissed suggestions of Russia’s potential withdrawal from the landmark accord, which has long been the cornerstone of international space law, promoting the peaceful use of the cosmos.

Ryabkov’s remarks came as a direct rebuttal to claims that Moscow was considering abandoning the treaty, pointing the finger back at Washington for trying to achieve dominance in space, particularly within the weapons domain. “This is their usual method when non-existent intentions are ascribed to others and under this pretext and this guise, they intensify their efforts that run counter to the interests of international security and fully ignore our proposals,” he articulated.

The Deputy Foreign Minister stressed Russia’s position on maintaining the sanctity of outer space as a weapon-free zone, aligning with the treaty’s principles which prohibit the placement of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in orbit or on celestial bodies. Ryabkov’s statement serves to reaffirm Russia’s stance on space exploration and utilisation — one that is rooted in peaceful advancement and cooperation.