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US sounds alarm on Russian anti-satellite weapons threat

Russia denounces US claims as political maneuver


Highly sensitive intelligence gathered by the U.S. highlights the emergence of Russian anti-satellite weapons, raising concerns among top government officials. 

According to a report on AP, the capability, not yet operational, has prompted calls for declassification to address what's deemed a serious national security threat.

Republican Representative Mike Turner's urgent but vague warning lacked specifics but urged the Biden administration to disclose information about the threat. Despite the caution, leading lawmakers emphasized the need to stay vigilant.

The threat pertains to a space-deployed Russian anti-satellite weapon, posing risks to critical U.S. satellites transmitting vast amounts of data. While details on its nuclear capabilities remain unclear, concerns loom large.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov dismissed the claims as a tactic to secure congressional support for aid to Ukraine, denouncing it as a political maneuver.

U.S. officials stress the threat isn't currently active but acknowledge its significance, advocating for informed responses. Turner's call for declassification aims to facilitate open discussions and strategic responses among policymakers.

The establishment of the U.S. Space Force in 2019 underscores the escalating threat in space, driven by China and Russia's advancements in counterspace capabilities. The Pentagon's 2020 Defense Space Strategy highlights these nations as primary strategic threats due to their aggressive space militarization efforts.

The manner in which Turner raised concerns prompted frustration among the White House and lawmakers. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan's outreach to congressional leaders reflects efforts to address the issue proactively.

While the specifics of the threat remain classified, the need for dialogue and preparedness underscores the evolving challenges in space security. As discussions unfold, policymakers navigate the delicate balance between transparency and safeguarding sensitive information in confronting emerging threats.

[With information sourced from AP]

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