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01/25/07 -

Space should be free of weapons, says Putin

Russia wants outer space to be free of weapons, President Vladimir Putin said during a press briefing in New Delhi Thursday.

Replying to a question on a recent Chinese missile test, Putin said: 'China is not the first country to conduct such tests. As far as we are concerned the first tests were conducted in the late 1980s.

'We tend to hear from the military circles in the United States that there are plans to try to weaponize outer space. We should not let the genie out of the bottle and this is our position,' he said.

Putin, who is India on a two-day visit, was addressing a joint press briefing with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after wideranging talks.

After keeping silent over two weeks, China confirmed Tuesday that it had launched a missile to destroy a satellite this month, PTI news agency reported.

'We have confirmed the testing to relevant countries, including the United States,' Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Liu Jianchao was quoted as telling reporters in Beijing. He added that China had no plans to enter into an arms race in the outer space.

Story courtesy of the Associated Press.

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