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Russia accused of firing satellite weapon in space


24 July 2020  

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KATHMANDU: The US has accused Russia of testing a weapon-like projectile in space that could be used to target satellites in orbit, international media reported.

The US State Department labeled the recent use of “what would appear to be actual in-orbit anti-satellite weaponry” as concerning.

Russia’s defence ministry earlier said it was using new technology to perform checks on Russian space equipment, according to the report.

The US has previously raised concerns about new Russian satellite activity.

But it is the first time the UK has made accusations about Russian test-firing in space. They come just days after an inquiry said the UK government “badly underestimated” the threat posed by Russia.

In a statement on Thursday, US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-proliferation, Christopher Ford, accused Moscow of hypocrisy after it said it wanted arms control to be extended to space.

“Moscow aims to restrict the capabilities of the United States while clearly having no intention of halting its own counter-space programme,” he said.

(With inpuits from Agencies)

Publish Date : 24 July 2020 09:31 AM

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