EU condemns Russia’s use of anti-satellite missile

Source : 112 Ukraine

Such tests are dangerous and have a great destabilizing effect, the EU said in a statement
21:59, 19 November 2021

The EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has issued a statement condemning the Russian anti-satellite test on 15 November. This was reported by the press service of the European Commission.

"The European Union strongly condemns the Russian Federation’s conduct of a kinetic direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test against its own satellite, COSMOS 1408, resulting in its destruction by a missile, as a clear act of irresponsible behaviour in outer space. It generated a large amount of space debris that constitute a long-lasting risk for crewed and un-crewed space activities, including for the safety of astronauts and cosmonauts at the International Space Station," the document says. 

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The EU statement notes that the conduct of such tests are dangerous and highly destabilising, as potentially leading to deteriorating the confidence between space actors, increasing the perception of threats. This could lead to potential catastrophic consequences.

The European Union called on all States, including the Russian Federation, to refrain from further such tests and to contribute in a constructive manner to ongoing efforts in the United Nations on the development of norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviour in outer space.

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