April 12th – According to a report by the Russian Satellite Network on the 12th, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that Moscow supports the start of negotiations on international means to prohibit the deployment of any type of weapons in space.
Lavrov said in a video speech released on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Gagarin’s peaceful flight: “We have always believed that only by ensuring the prevention of an arms race in space can it be ensured for constructive purposes and the benefit of all mankind. We support the start of negotiations on the development of a legally binding international means prohibiting the deployment of weapons of any kind in space and the use or threat of force.”
Lavrov also suggested that the relevant draft agreement submitted to the 2014 Geneva Conference on Disarmament should be based. Lavrov said that the “international initiative not to be the first to deploy weapons in space” aims to stabilize the situation during the development of this multilateral document. He mentioned that 30 countries have become full acceding to the initiative.