Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders have opposed the expansion of missile defense networks by individual countries or groups of states fearing that this process can destabilize the international situation.
"We are positive that unilateral and unrestrained expansion of missile defense systems by individual states or groups of states is damaging international security and destabilizing the international situation," says the Ufa declaration passed at the SCO summit in the capital city of Bashkortostan.
The SCO leaders call for the resolution of all problems related to the provision of universal security "with the participation of all interested states and by use of political-diplomatic methods."
"The security of each state must not be achieved at the expense of the security of other countries," the document said.
The SCO development strategy for the period until 2025 called on all nuclear powers to abstain from deploying their nuclear weapons in the territories of other states.
The SCO leaders pledged "to promote the draft of a legally binding treaty on the prevention of arms deployment in outer space and to voluntarily take transparency and confidence building measures in [relation to] space activity."
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