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Russia Fails in Rival UN Attempt on Nuclear Weapons in Space

By Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A Russia-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution calling on all countries to “forever” prevent the placement, threat or use of weapons in space failed on Monday, the 15 members of the body being divided on the question. move.

The project did not obtain the required minimum of nine votes: seven members voted in favor of the project, seven against and one abstained. The United States, Russia, China, Great Britain or France can only veto if a project obtains at least nine votes.

Russia introduced the text after vetoing a resolution proposed by the United States last month that called on countries to prevent an arms race in space. The Russian veto prompted the United States to wonder whether Moscow was hiding something.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols)

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