Russia warns U.S. satellites could possibly be targets for “retaliation”

Business satellites that the U.S. and its allies are utilizing might grow to be “respectable” targets for retaliatory motion by Russia, a senior Russian overseas ministry official instructed the United Nations on Wednesday.

Why it issues: For the reason that begin of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, western industrial satellites have documented Russia’s navy developments, injury to Russian air bases, and even mass graves in areas occupied by Russian forces.

What they’re saying: The usage of “industrial, infrastructure parts in outer area for navy functions” by the U.S. and its allies constitutes an “extraordinarily harmful development,” Konstantin Vorontsov, deputy director of the Russian International Ministry’s non-proliferation and arms management division, mentioned in remarks printed by Russia’s everlasting mission to the UN.

  • “These States don’t realise that such actions actually represent oblique participation in navy conflicts,” he added.
  • “Quasi-civilian infrastructure might grow to be a respectable goal for retaliation.”

Vorontsov’s remarks on Wednesday echo statements he made to the UN final month on the identical subject.

  • “We reiterate our concern in regards to the realisation of insurance policies aimed on the placement of weapons in outer area and the usage of outer area for navy functions by the group of UN Member-States as a way to guarantee their superiority and supremacy,” he instructed a session of a UN Working Group on Sept. 12.

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