(JustPatriots.com)- Russia is trying to downplay the United States’ concern that astronauts that were at the International Space Station were in threat by a missile that destroyed a Russian satellite.
In a statement, the Roscosmos space agency in Russia said:
“For us, the main priority has been and remains to ensure the unconditional safety of the crew … [The] automated warning system for dangerous situations [was continuing] to monitor the situation in order to prevent and counter all possible threats to the safety of the International Space Station and its crew.”
At the same time, Roscosmos didn’t deny the fact that there was indeed a missile strike on a satellite.
On Monday, the country conducted its own anti-satellite test. As a result of the test, there were thousands of pieces of space debris. Officials with the U.S. government condemned the strike.
Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department, said on Monday at a press briefing:
“Earlier today, the Russian Federation recklessly conducted a destructive satellite test of a direct ascent anti-satellite missile against one of its own satellites. The test has so far generated over 1,500 pieces of trackable orbital debris and hundreds of thousands of pieces of smaller orbital debris that now threaten the interests of all nations.”
It was a “dangerous and irresponsible test,” according to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. According to him, the debris would continue to threaten activities at the ISS as well as many other satellites in orbit.
In a statement, he condemned the strike, calling it a “destructive test.”
Other U.S. leaders, including Bill Nelson, the chief of NASA, said he was “outraged” by the “irresponsible and destabilizing action.”
Right now, there are two Russians, one German and four Americans at the ISS. During Russia’s satellite strike, all six astronauts were awaken and had to hurry up and take shelter, back in their own return ships.
The target for the missile test was a defunct Soviet intelligence satellite called Cosmos 1408, which was launched in 1982. Only a few countries around the world have anti-satellite weapons. The last country to carry out a similar test was India, which conducted it back in 2019.
As is always the case with Russia, officials in the government brushed aside the condemnations of its anti-satellite missile test. Yury Shvytkin, the deputy chairman of the defense committee in Russia’s lower house of parliament, said the accusations made by the U.S. against Russia didn’t “correspond to reality.”
“Russia is not engaged in the militarization of space. We have been and are against the militarization of space.”
At the same time, Pavel Felgenhauer, a military analyst for Russia, added that it has “long been known that we have anti-missile and anti-space weapons and that we are deploying them.”
Russia is yet against seemingly testing the United States and other world leaders by threatening astronauts in space — as well as world interests around the globe.