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The USA accuses Russia and China for initiation of the air war

US assistant secretary didn't believe they were ready to negotiate

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/NOVOSTIVL/ The US on Tuesday accused China and Russia of raising the risk of conflict in space, notably by developing anti-satellite weapons, as diplomats held talks on a treaty to keep space peaceful. This article appeared in the Agence France-Presse.

The closed-door negotiations in Geneva involving experts from 25 governments – including the US, China and Russia – are aimed at laying the groundwork for a legally-binding text to prevent an arms race in outer space.

Beijing and Moscow pushed for the discussions that run through March 28, which experts have said may show results despite the grim climate for disarmament diplomacy.

But addressing the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, US assistant secretary of state Yleem Poblete questioned whether China and Russia were sincerely committed to the talks.