Prevent Deployment of Weapons in Outer Space: Russia on A-SAT
Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, 27 March, announced that India had managed to shoot down a low-orbit satellite using an A-SAT, Russia urged India to “prevent the deployment of weapons in outer space”, reported ANI.
Russia also slammed the US for weaponisation of outer space.
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Earlier, Pakistan and China had also responded to India’s anti-satellite weaponry testing saying the space should not be militarised.
Without naming India anywhere in a statement, as published on Reuters, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry had said:
China offered a more guarded response when questioned on India’s Mission Shakti. In a reply to PTI, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said:
China conducted such a test in January 2007 when its anti-satellite missile destroyed a defunct weather satellite.
Pakistan Calls Out ‘Boasting’ of A-SAT Capabilities
Through its statement, Pakistan attempted to show it had a peaceful outlook.
To add a literary twist to its statement, the ministry gave a reference of Don Quixote, the delusional hero of the 17th century Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes. It said, “Boasting of such capabilities is reminiscent of Don Quixote’s tilting against windmills.”
US Takes Note of India's Anti-Missile Test, Expresses Concern Over Space
Meanwhile, the US official told PTI that it has taken note of India's anti-satellite missile test, adding it expresses concern over the issue of space debris.
Speaking to the news agency, the unnamed official said, “The state department saw PM Modi's statement that announced India's anti-satellite test.”
To a question, the spokesperson also added “as part of our strong strategic partnership with India, US will continue to pursue shared interests in space and scientific and technical cooperation, including collaboration on safety and security in space.”
On the issue of space debris, the spokesperson said:
(With inputs from Reuters, NDTV, PTI , Reuters, ANI and Tass)