At the United Nations, Russia has told a Space Committee there it will not pay for the cost of cleaning up debris that scattered over Canadian territory when a nuclear powered Cosmos satellite fell to earth last month.
MV: Russian representative Mr. E. Federov speaking in English.
FEDEROV:"The Soviet government said Canadian authorities that yes there is power. Certainly this satellite has on board, has on board atomic source of energy. And next in the same time our government said please we are ready, we are ready to investigate under your control with your specialists all region in order to find these possible, possible pieces of this satellite, or in order to determine if it was some any damage or not. And so, and we, I can say that we were (INDISTINCT) ready to do so. We have, I accept very well, I know it very well, we have very good equipment, apparatus to determine very, very slow level of radiation. As a metallurgist I can say that we for example use these methods of receiving very small natural radiation from the soil. We know for what-to determine how big snow is lying. Because snow is decreasing gamma radiation from the soil. Yes. But decreasing of course in very small quantities. So we have very good equipment to search this needle in the mountain of hay. But Canadian refused. They preferred to invite United States officials and United States Army, some detachment of army of United States. All right we are not against it. It's a right of Canadian to do so. But I think it is not convenient for Canadian nowadays ask for compensation of these INDISTINCT). But it is legal question. It is legal question. It is a question between our government and the Canadian government so I cannot say.
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Background: At the United Nations, Russia has told a Space Committee there it will not pay for the cost of cleaning up debris that scattered over Canadian territory when a nuclear powered Cosmos satellite fell to earth last month. The Soviet representative counsellor E. Federov told the committee the Western press created a panic over the incident. He then went on to explain the negotiations that went on after the crash and his reaction to Canadian claims for compensation.