Russia threatens to shoot down Western commercial satellites used to aid Ukraine

european pravda – Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 11:11

Konstantin Vorontsov, a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official, said Russia could see Western commercial satellites as legitimate targets if they were used to support Ukraine in a war.

sauce: european pravdaquoting Vorontsov, referring to Russia’s state-run news outlet TASS

Vorontsov is the Deputy Director General of the Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. His statement was made before the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

Vorontsov said that “the use of civilians, including commercial infrastructure elements, in outer space for military purposes by the United States and its allies” is a “very dangerous trend … revealed in recent developments in Ukraine. It happened,’ he said.

“Quasi-civilian infrastructure can be a legitimate target for retaliation. The actions of Western nations affect not only the sustainability of peaceful space activities, but also the well-being of many societies around the planet. It is unnecessarily endangering the social and economic processes of the country.” Vorontsov said.

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite communication system plays a very important role for Ukraine.

Additionally, Ukrainian volunteers will use funds raised to initially purchase three Bayraktar drones to purchase access With information from the satellite group of the ICEYE Finnish company. Access was purchased for over a year, giving him full access to one of the satellites until the end of its orbital life.

Things to remember: November 2021, Russia tested anti-satellite weapons In space, the wreckage of a defunct satellite threatens the International Space Station.

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