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Putin calls for space peace treaty, offers COVID-19 vaccine to UN

Moscow Speaking to the United Nations via video link, Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for an international treaty to prohibit weapons in space and offers Russia’s coronavirus vaccine to UN employees for free.
“Russia is ready to provide the UN with all the necessary qualified assistance; in particular, we are offering to provide our vaccine, free of charge, for the voluntary vaccination of the staff of the UN and its offices,” Putin says.
He also says the global economic downturn caused by the pandemic renews the need for removing trade sanctions. Russia has been under crippling sanctions by Western powers since it annexed a part of neighbouring Ukraine six years ago.
“Freeing the world trade from barriers, bans, restrictions and illegitimate sanctions would be of great help in revitalising global growth and reducing unemployment,” Putin says, according to a transcript published on the Kremlin’s website.
Emphasising a need for a treaty to ensure peace in outer space, Putin says: “Russia is putting forward an initiative to sign a binding agreement between all the leading space powers that would provide for the prohibition of the placement of weapons in outer space, threat or use of force against outer space objects.” (DPA)