Russia opposed to militarization of space, but capable of responding, if need be

The Russian R&D findings permit effectively countering threats related to the possible deployment of strike weapons of the United States or other countries in space, General Director of the Central Research Institute of Machine-Building (TsNIIMash) Gennady Raikunov has told Interfax-AVN.

"I think we have such experience that will permit us to counter many of the negative initiatives of our opponents, if we may call them that. I even think and dare to say that that some of our findings even excel American. But I would not want to specify them," he said answering a question whether Russia has R&D findings permitting it to neutralize possible threats of the militarization of space.

"There are such findings," he said.

"They have not been materialized in physical form though, given the principled stance on space that our country holds," Raikunov said.

All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.