Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today (Tuesday) accused the US of “hypocrisy” over the US administration’s criticism of Russia following the satellite explosion in an experiment conducted yesterday with anti-satellite weapons, which caused a huge field of shrapnel that also endangered the International Space Station.

Russia’s Defense Ministry today acknowledged that it had successfully destroyed an old Russian satellite missile that had been stationed in space since 1982 and claimed it was a planned operation to strengthen its defense capabilities. Moscow also denied allegations that the experiment was dangerous. “The United States is aware with certainty that the fragments created, in terms of test time and parameters of the Earth’s orbit, have not and will not pose a threat to space stations, space vehicles and space activities,” it said.

Foreign Minister Lavrov insisted that “declaring that Russia is endangering the use of space for peaceful purposes is at least hypocritical.” “We would rather the US sit at the negotiating table at last, instead of making baseless accusations, and discuss its concerns about the treaty that Russia and China are proposing to prevent an arms race in space and which the US is unwilling to accept,” he said. The specific and logical position and not the connections. We are ready for that. “

The U.S. announced last night that the Russians had carried out a missile test against satellites and hit an old intelligence satellite, resulting in more than 1,500 pieces of fragments “now threatening the interests of all countries.” The escape – the Russian Soyuz and the American Dragon – are preparing for the possibility that they will have to leave the station.

“This experiment will significantly endanger astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station and other human flights,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said. “Russia’s dangerous and irresponsible behavior endangers the long – term sustainability of outer space and clearly shows that Russia’s claims that it opposes space armament are illogical and hypocritical.”

NASA Director General Bill Nelson declared him “furious.” “It’s unacceptable. It is unbelievable that the Russian government will do this experiment, and threaten not only international astronauts, but their astronauts, who are on the International Space Station, as well as the astronauts on the Chinese space station, “said Nelson, adding that” following the cloud of debris created, the astronauts “A greater risk, which can cause enormous damage if it hits the right place.”

This is the second incident in a week in which pieces of a satellite explosion endanger the space station. Last week, astronauts were forced to maneuver the station for fear of colliding with space debris, remnants of a Chinese weather satellite that was destroyed in an experiment with Chinese weapons against satellites 14 years ago and disintegrated into thousands of pieces.

The U.S. has repeatedly expressed concern about Russia’s and China’s advanced capabilities in developing anti-satellite weapons that could turn space into a battlefield in the event of a military confrontation. “Beijing” apparently intends to acquire more weapons capable of destroying satellites orbiting the Earth.

Astro-physicist Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center has warned that experiments with weapons against satellites are causing a load of dangerous pieces in space. “There is a real concern that there is a real environmental problem in outer space. Commercial activity is not properly regulated and it is happening at a faster rate than regulation,” he told the Guardian. “There is a commercial space sector mainly in the US and Europe, but China is also starting such a sector now. It’s like the Wild West there. ”

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