Russia Launched “Space Weapon” Potentially Targeted to U.S. Satellite

( – The United States claims that Russia has launched a satellite that officials believe is able to inspect and destroy other satellites.

The United States is referring to the Soyuz rocket, which launched from Russia’s Plesetsk launch site and deployed nine different satellites including a satellite that U.S. officials say is a Russian military “inspector” spacecraft and can exhibit “reckless space behavior.”

A U.S. spokesperson said, “We have observed nominal activity and assess it is likely a counter space weapon presumably capable of attacking other satellites in low Earth orbit,”

“Russia deployed this new counter space weapon into the same orbit as a US government satellite,” they continued.

United States intelligence agencies have expected the deployment of the Russian weapon and they expected it to be deployed near U.S. satellites simply because of past deployments by Russia.

Bart Hendrickx, an analyst tracking Russia’s space program said, “This mix of military and civilian payloads was totally unexpected. Never seen that before on a Russian launch.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov spoke out in denial against what the United States was saying about the Russian satellite deployment.

“I don’t think we should respond to any fake news from Washington,” Ryabkov stated. He said that Russia was complying with quantitative restrictions on nuclear weapons that were set by the New START Treaty signed between Washington and Moscow.
“We are not violating anything.” says Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman, “We have repeatedly advocated a ban on the deployment of any weapons into space.”
As of now the satellite is in the same orbit as USA-514 and seems to be following the same orbit but at a faster pace.

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