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Putin Denies Nuclear Weapons in Space Amid U.S. Claims

Russian President Vladimir Putin has firmly denied any intention of deploying nuclear weapons in space, asserting that Russia’s space capabilities are akin to those of the U.S. His statement comes in response to the recent White House confirmation of Russia’s possession of an anti-satellite weapon capability. While acknowledging the weapon’s troubling nature, the White House refrained from confirming its nuclear capability. Putin reiterated Russia’s commitment to the Outer Space Treaty, which prohibits the deployment of nuclear weapons in space.

He emphasized Russia’s opposition to such actions and urged adherence to existing agreements. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu echoed Putin’s stance, denying any deployment of nuclear weapons or hindrances to satellite functionality. Shoigu suggested that the U.S. allegations might be a tactic to influence Congress regarding aid for Ukraine and nuclear arms control talks with Russia. Despite potential future contacts, Putin criticized Western efforts for dialogue amid calls for Russia’s strategic defeat in Ukraine, highlighting the current impasse in relations.