According to the US space service, Russian satellites have been showing “unusual and disturbing behavior” by following an American satellite in orbit. This was stated by the Chief of Space Operations, General John Raymond.
“Last November, the Russian government launched a satellite and subsequently launched a second”said the commander in a statement on Monday and added that “These satellites have been actively maneuvering near a satellite of the United States government and have behaved similarly to another set of satellites that Russia deployed in 2017, and that the Russian government described as ‘inspector satellites. ”
Raymond’s comments mark the first statement by the Space Force and occur at a time when The United States is increasingly concerned about what its adversaries are doing in space, this being one of the reasons why the US government launched this new military service in December, the first since 1947.
The Trump administration requested Monday, 18 billion dollars for the Space Force and for other activities related to this service, as part of its budget for this year’s Pentagon.
Raymond stressed that Russias recent actions place the country among the nations that “They have turned space into a war zone.”
“Similar activities in any other field would be interpreted as potentially threatening behavior”Said Raymond. “This is unusual and disturbing behavior. and has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space. The United States believes that these recent activities are worrisome and do not reflect the behavior of a nation responsible for space navigation. ”
Raymond also noted that one of the Russian satellites “showed characteristics of a weapon when he was throwing, it looked like a high-speed projectile in the direction of space ” After it was launched in 2017, the United States raised the issue during the United Nations Conference on Disarmament the following year.
For its part, the Russian Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoigu, said “The purpose of the experiment is to continue working on the evaluation of the technical condition of domestic satellites.”
However, Yleem DS Poblete, Undersecretary of State for the control, compliance and verification of US weapons, He told the conference that “the orbiting behavior of the Russian satellite launched in 2017 was inconsistent with everything seen before. ”
He also stressed that “What Russia tells us diplomatically and publicly may be the opposite of what it intends to do with that satellite”he pointed out.