Russia developing ‘troubling’ anti-satellite weapon: White House

SpaceWar.com reports: “Russia is developing a space-based anti-satellite weapon that is ‘troubling’ for the United States but poses no immediate threat to people on Earth, the White House said Thursday.

The announcement came a day after a wave of speculation sparked by US lawmakers making a cryptic warning of an unspecified but serious national security threat to the country.

Moscow denied the ‘malicious’ and ‘unfounded’ claims, describing them as a White House ploy to try to pass a multi-billion-dollar Ukrainian war aid package stalled in Congress.

‘I can confirm that it is related to an anti-satellite capability that Russia is developing,’ National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters in a briefing at the White House.

‘This is not an active capability that’s been deployed. And though Russia’s pursuit of this particular capability is troubling, there is no immediate threat to anyone’s safety,’ he said.

Kirby confirmed that the Russian weapon was ‘space-based’ but would not comment on reports in US media that it was either nuclear-capable or nuclear powered…”

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