United States – Russian President Vladimir Putin clarified in his statements today that Russia doesn’t intend to deploy nuclear weapons in space, but his statement came after he asserted that Russia has developed similar space capabilities to that of the US.

US Secretary of State’s Concerns

One week after the US Secretary of State spoke Sunday, Putin said the US grossly exaggerated Russia’s anti-satellite weapon capability. White House national security spokesman John Kirby said the alleged act of Russian cosmonaut would run counter to the outer space treaty, but he refused to confirmation on whether this weapon is nuclear-capable or not, as reported by The Associated Press.

More than 130 nations, including Russia, have ratified the pact, which forbids the stationing of “weapons in outer space in any other manner” in orbit. The White House declared that it would try to discuss the issues with the Russians directly, as reported by The Associated Press.

“Our position is quite clear and transparent: we have always been and remain categorically opposed to the deployment of nuclear weapons in space,” Putin said. “Just the opposite, we are urging everyone to adhere to all the agreements that exist in this sphere.”

Russia’s Stance on Nuclear Weapons in Space

Represent – Russia’s Space Based Nuclear Weapon. Credit | Shutterstock

Putin stated that Russia has only developed space capabilities that “other nations, including the US, have” when meeting with his military minister, Sergei Shoigu.

“And they know it,” he added.

“We haven’t deployed any nuclear weapons in space or any elements of them to use against satellites or to create fields where satellites can’t work efficiently,” Shoigu said.

Political Implications and Accusations

Shoigu blamed the White House, asserting that it may be the one fabricating the news that Russia has developed a new military space capability to pressure Congress into agreeing with the aid for Ukraine and also hinting that they wish Moscow to resume nuclear arms control talks that Russia has currently suspended amid the tensions between Moscow and America over Ukraine, as reported by The Associated Press.

Russia-US Relations Amid Ukraine Tensions

Putin didn’t exclude the possibility of meeting the States in the future but fully reiterated his statement that increased tension in Washington related to Russia’s defeat in Ukraine makes discussions suitable just for now.

“The US and the West, for one thing, are calling for Russia’s strategic defeat, while, on the other hand, they would like to have a dialogue on strategic stability, pretending that those things aren’t connected,” he said. “It won’t work.”

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