RUSSIA TAGS US CLAIM OF THREAT TO ITS SATELLITES AS ‘RUBBISH’
Russia on Friday dismissed accusations from the United States and Britain that it had tested an anti-satellite weapon in space as "propaganda," the Agence France Presse (AFP) reported early on July 25, 2020.
Moscow responded after the US Space Command on Thursday accused Russia of test-firing an anti-satellite weapon in space and warned the threat against US systems was "real, serious and increasing." The head of Britain's Space Directorate, Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth, also reacted, tweeting that "actions of this kind threaten the peaceful use of space."
The Russian foreign ministry insisted on Moscow's "commitment to obligations on the non-discriminatory use and study of space with peaceful aims. "We call on our US and British colleagues to show professionalism and instead of some propagandistic information attacks, sit down for talks," the ministry said in a statement. The US said that Russia conducted a "non-destructive test of a space-based anti-satellite weapon."
The Russian foreign ministry countered that tests carried out by the country's defense ministry on July 15 "did not create a threat for other space equipment and most importantly, did not breach any norms or principles of international law." In turn, it accused the US and Britain of moves to develop anti-satellite weaponry or “Inspector satellites.” The US and Britain "naturally keep silent about their own efforts," it said, claiming the countries had "programs on the possible use of 'inspector satellites' and 'repair satellites' as counter-satellite weapons."