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Vladimir Putin gets closer to launching nuclear energy into space with fresh decree

Alex Thompson By Alex Thompson May18,2024

Vladimir Putin has taken the next step in realising his plan for space nuclear energy as he orders agencies to begin funding the program.

Roscosmos and Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, two Kremlin-controlled agencies, were ordered by the president to allocate funds for nuclear energy in space by June 15.

These orders, however, did not mention nuclear weapons or anti-satellite devices, despite Western fears of weapons of mass destruction being used in space.

State-run news agency Tass quoted Putin as saying: “Starting from 2024, budgetary allocations from the federal budget in the amount necessary for the implementation of measures provided for by the federal project ‘Development of Space Nuclear Energy in Russia‘.”

He added: “[With special attention] to the implementation of measures to develop the existing scientific and technical basis in the field of space nuclear energy.”

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In February, the White House warned that Russia is capable of creating an anti-satellite weapon that could be used in space, and ABC News reported that the country is attempting to create one.

John Kirby, the White House National Security Council spokesperson, declared that the use of any such weapon would violate a decades-old treaty.

In 1967, the US and what was then the Soviet Union signed a treaty banning the placement of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction in space.

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However, at the start of the war in Ukraine, Putin removed his country from the New START treaty – the last remaining treaty with the US that limited nuclear arsenals.

In March, he discussed putting a nuclear power unit in space, calling it a priority for Russia.

He said: “[Russia] has good competencies and, moreover, even has such reserves that we can be proud of, which we can count on in the future.”

This appears to be a reaction to the news that China is “seriously considering” installing a nuclear reactor on the moon between 2033 and 2035, according to the head of Roscosmos, Yuri Borisov.

Alex Thompson

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2 thoughts on “Vladimir Putin gets closer to launching nuclear energy into space with fresh decree”
  1. It’s concerning to see Vladimir Putin moving forward with plans for space nuclear energy, especially as the world is already on edge about the potential for weapons of mass destruction in space. It’s crucial for international peace and security that strict regulations are put in place to prevent any escalation of tensions in the cosmos.

  2. It is concerning to see Vladimir Putin advancing towards launching nuclear energy into space. The potential consequences of such actions could be catastrophic for not only Russia but the entire world. It’s crucial for global stability that international agreements on the peaceful use of space are upheld.

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