Russia rejects British, US criticism of its activities in space

A Russian cargo capsule carrying essential supplies has docked with the International Space Station (ISS) after blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, pictured

MOSCOW: Moscow rejected criticism from the United States and the United Kingdom of Russia’s activities in space on Friday (Jul 24), after the two nations expressed concern at a Russian satellite test conducted on Jul 15.

Britain on Thursday said Russia had launched a projectile with the “characteristics of a weapon” and called on Moscow to behave responsibly in space.

“The tests conducted by Russia’s Ministry of Defence on Jul 15 did not pose a threat to other space objects and, most importantly, did not violate any norms and principles of international law,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The foreign ministry said it considered statements made by American and British officials as an “anti-Russian strike as part of a targeted information campaign initiated by Washington” to discredit Russia’s activities in space.

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