The United States condemns Russia for carrying out an anti-satellite missile test that destroyed the old satellite, leaving hundreds of thousands of dangerous debris in orbit. The US State Department stated that the attempt poses a threat to the safety of astronauts on the International Space Station.
– 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, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press conference.
Price stated that Russia has made a “dangerous and irresponsible attempt” despite repeated warnings from the US about the potential damage. He added that Moscow’s actions would increase the danger for astronauts and cosmonauts working on the International Space Station (ISS).
According to reports by CNN and other media and experts tracking the movements of satellites, the cloud of debris formed after the destruction of a non-functioning Russian satellite was close to colliding with the ISS and forced the people working there to evacuate to escape pods.
– This clearly shows that Russia’s claims to oppose the militarization of space are false and hypocritical. The United States will work with our allies and partners to respond to Russia’s irresponsible actions, Price said. He did not rule out that the US and allies would take sanctions or other measures in response to the event.
US State Department on the situation on the border with Ukraine and Belarus
Price admitted that Moscow’s recent actions, combined with disturbing movements by Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, prompted Washington to reflect on future relations with Russia and assess the Biden-Putin summit in Geneva this summer. – But we still leave the lines of diplomacy open, and our goal remains to achieve a more predictable and stable relationship. But it takes two for that, ‘said Price.
A spokesman for the ministry in recent days has once again referred to the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, condemning Minsk’s “soulless” actions and announcing the imposition of new sanctions against the Lukashenka regime in coordination with the EU. “We know that it is a matter of the utmost importance for our European allies, as it is for us, which is why we work very closely,” said Price.
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