Russia calls on US to drop plans to deploy missiles in space

Russia said it was "deeply concerned" by the US plans, which it said it interpreted as confirmation that Washington intended to use space for military purposes.
Russia said it was "deeply concerned" by the US plans, which it said it interpreted as confirmation that Washington intended to use space for military purposes.PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday (Jan 25) called on the United States to drop what it called irresponsible plans to deploy a missile defence system in space, saying the move risked fuelling an arms race.

The ministry said in a statement that the plans looked like an attempt to resurrect the so-called Star Wars programme, or US Strategic Defence Initiative, which was first announced in the 1980s by then US President Ronald Reagan.

Moscow said it was "deeply concerned" by the US plans, which it said it interpreted as confirmation that Washington intended to use space for military purposes in the near future.