Washington accuses Moscow of neglecting security in space after Russia destroyed its long-obsolete satellite. Although the test passed in accordance with international law and was not directed against anyone.
This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country. And the Russian Defense Ministry stressed that the debris of the spacecraft does not threaten the ISS. The heads of Roscosmos and NASA held a telephone conversation in the evening. As Dmitry Rogozin writes following the conversation: “In short, in Russian, we agreed to continue to ensure the safety of our crews at the station. We are making joint plans. American sanctions have been imposed on Dmitry Rogozin. But what can we expect from the States in space and what does our defense minister answer to the West?
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in the Voronezh Region to inspect one of the military units. Inspect the construction of housing for personnel and the improvement of the military camp – that is, to deal with issues, as they say, on the ground. But the conversation turned also about the sky and actions in space. “We really tested a promising system successfully. It hit the old satellite with jewelry,” the Defense Minister confirmed. No threat the fragments formed do not represent for space activity “.
Details were provided by the Russian Ministry of Defense. In orbit, the old Soviet satellite “Celina-D” was destroyed, which had been there since the early 1980s and had not been used for a long time. These statements were in response to accusations from the West. In the United States, one Russian missile scared the entire State Department.
“The test produced more than 1,500 orbital debris and hundreds of thousands of smaller objects,” said Ned Price, a spokesman for the US State Department. outer space and clearly demonstrates that Moscow’s statements about opposing plans to deploy weapons in space are hypocritical. “
Tantrum was picked up in NASA, where they began to worry for the state of the ISS… The Russians and Americans were even ordered to hide in their ships, but, apparently, in vain. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the trajectories of the fragments of the Soviet satellite and the ISS do not intersect. The distance between them at the nearest point is more than 40 kilometers. Although there have already been cases when space debris flew from the station only hundreds of meters. But NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg still has emotions going through the roof – he is afraid, however, not for the ISS. “This is worrying, as Russia is developing new weapons systems capable of shooting down satellites, destroying space objects, necessary for infrastructure on Earth,” Stoltenberg said. “This is communications, navigation or early warning systems for missile launches.”
Russia calmly explains that it is planning to strengthen its defenses against the backdrop of the threat from the American side.
Just last December, the US Space Force was created. Their flag was ceremoniously unfurled in the Oval Office of then President Trump. And in the national space strategy of the States space was called a potential arena of hostilities.
“The Pentagon, without any notification to anyone, is testing strike and combat weapons in orbit, including the launching of anti-missile defense systems into orbit,” reminded Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister. the situation in the security sphere is different, when strike weapons will be constantly over the head of this or that country. “
The United States has already conducted tests to destroy satellites in space. Overseas, a ground-based mobile complex was developed to intercept targets outside the atmosphere. So Star Wars is not only a popular Hollywood movie saga, but also quite specific goals and prospects of the American “hawks” in Washington, experts say. And fanning the threat allegedly emanating from Russia and China for the United States is nothing more than a pretext for increasing defense budgets.
“Now it is a strange situation, a rare one, which I first encounter – when it is not the military who demand additional funding from the Congress, but the Congress reproaches the military that they are not asking for much money,” says Ivan Moiseev, head of the Russian Institute for Space Policy. is also associated with the creation of space forces. The United States spends on space – both military and civilian – more than all other countries combined. And if you compare with us, then 10 times. “
For several years Russia has been calling on the United States and other space powers to sign an agreement on the prevention of the deployment of weapons in outer space, our Defense Ministry recalled. “We would prefer that the United States, instead of unfounded accusations, actually sit down at the negotiating table and discuss its concerns about the treaty that Russia and China are proposing to prevent this arms race and which the United States cannot accept,” Sergei Lavrov said. “The draft treaty has even been submitted to the UN, but Washington is not giving it a go. It would be very interesting for us to hear not excuses, but a concrete reasoned position. We are ready for this.”
But instead, the States openly declare that they do not want to be bound by commitments in near-Earth space. And it’s clear why. Losing its status as the world’s gendarme on the planet, the United States wants to become a hegemon, at least in space.
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