US igniting arms race in space by weaponizing it

Russia has warned that the United States’ new space missile program would weaponize outer space and ignite an arms race there.

In a statement on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the space program recently declared by the administration of US President Donald Trump would violate the practice of using outer space for peaceful purposes.

“It is obvious that the appearance of weapons in space would be contrary to the established practice of international cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes,” the statement read.

It compared the plan with the ill-fated “Star Wars” program launched by former President Ronald Reagan in the midst of Cold War rivalries between America and the former Soviet Union.

“We are deeply disappointed that the US — instead of building a constructive dialog on strategic stability and the prevention of an arms race in space — chose to return to the next version…

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