Russia Warns That the US Military Is Preparing for World War III in Space
The Cold War's "Space Race" may have ended in the 1970s, but we may be on the cusp of a new one: between China's plans to become the global leader in space explorations and Russia's plans to create an interplanetary space station near Venus, the superpowers of Earth are starting to view space as less of a luxury and more like new territory.
This new space race is now causing Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to speak out against the United States, who he believes is planning on militarizing the Final Frontier.
Though Lavrov didn't give specifics on what sorts of militarization the US is carrying out, his speech is most likely a response to the US' refusal to sign a joint treaty with Russia and China that would regulate weapons in space.
Lavrov also called attention to the treaty he proposed almost a decade ago to the UN, which would have banned weapons in orbit.
According to the New York Times, the refusal of the 2008 agreement came down to what constituted a weapon, with Press Secretary Dana Perino pointing out that setting a satellite on a collision course with another satellite (or Earth itself) could be considered a "weapon."
Lavrov's speech also comes on the heels of key announcements from the United States: the plans to appoint a three-star vice-commander to "assist the commander of Air Force Space Command with his/her responsibility to organize, train and equip space forces" and the claim by US General John Hyten that both Russia and China are developing their own space weapons:
"They've been building weapons, testing weapons, building weapons to operate from the earth in space, jamming weapons, laser weapons, and they have not kept it secret...They're building those capabilities to challenge the United States of America, to challenge our allies, and to change the balance of power in the world..."
Hyten is most concerned about the safety of US satellites—if a handful of crucial satellites are damaged or even jammed for a few minutes, it may mean the difference between intercepting a missile and missing it completely.