French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and the German Ministry of Diplomacy on Tuesday condemned Russia’s attempt at an anti-satellite missile that destroyed an old satellite, leaving hundreds of thousands of debris in orbit. The Russian missile test was already condemned by the US Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.
“Outer space is a common good. Its destroyers are responsible for generating debris to litter it and pose a threat to our astronauts and satellites,” French Defense Minister Florence Parly wrote on Twitter.
Germany’s foreign ministry, in a statement saying that Berlin was “seriously concerned” with the attempt, also called on the international community to develop rules for “responsible conduct” in outer space. “It is urgent for states to take such joint steps and should strengthen security and trust,” the ministry said.
The ministry stated that Russia’s behavior was “irresponsible and carried an increased risk of error and escalation (tensions)”. “The test revealed the growing risks and threats to security and stability in space,” reads the Berlin communiqué.
The US condemns the Russian satellite rocket attempt
The Russian missile test was already condemned by the US Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday. – The Russian Federation irresponsibly carried out a destructive anti-satellite missile test against its satellite. The trial has so far produced more than 1,500 traceable debris and hundreds of thousands of smaller orbital debris that now threaten the interests of all nations, said State Department spokesman Ned Price.
Price judged Russia to be “a dangerous and irresponsible attempt” despite repeated warnings from the US about the potential damage. He did not rule out that the US and its allies would decide on sanctions or other measures in response to this event. He added that the recent actions by Moscow, combined with the disturbing movements of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, prompted Washington to reflect on future relations with Russia.
According to reports by CNN and other media and experts tracking the movements of satellites, the cloud of debris, formed on Monday after the destruction of a non-functioning Russian satellite, was close to a collision with the International Space Station (ISS) and forced the people working there to evacuate to escape pods.
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