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The United States believes the behavior launched by Russia in October 2017 of a satellite inspector abnormal”for the category of apparatus to which it classifies Moscow, reads the statement of the assistant Secretary of state for arms control, verification and validation agreements Elim Poblet, obtained by RIA Novosti.
“His behavior in orbit was not relevant to anything seem to be informed from on-orbit abilities to ensure situational orientation in space, including other actions the inspection of the Russian satellites. And we don’t know exactly what it is, and there is no way to determine this,” said Poblet at the ongoing Geneva conference on disarmament.
Assistant Secretary of state stressed that the transparency and purity of intent are very important for maintaining trust and confidence in situations that can give very little time to answer.
Poblet added that the recent actions of Russian satellites emphasize the critical flaws in the logic and language of the proposed Treaty on prevention of placement of weapons in outer space, and raise questions about the transparency of space operations and programmes in Russia. According to assistant Secretary of state, what is happening shows that any agreement on control of space weapons at the moment is not verifiable.
In conclusion, Poblet stressed that the conference should take concrete steps to strengthen the security, stability and resilience of space. The US representative added that the proposed China-Russia draft Treaty cannot be considered a suitable mechanism to achieve this.
Associates-inspectors call spacecraft that possess the technical capacity maneuver to move along the orbit and observation of a type of interaction with other satellites. In August 2017, the defense Ministry has been informed about the launch into orbit of the maneuvering satellite inspector. Sputnik-the inspector was separated from the small spacecraft of the defense Ministry of Russia for remote monitoring of the status of satellites in orbit in October 2017.
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