Why did Russia threaten Great Britain

"Real, Serious, and Increasing" threat : The United States and Great Britain accuse Russia of testing weapons in space

The US has accused Russia of testing a weapon in space. The US Army's space division said Thursday it had "evidence" that Moscow tested an anti-satellite weapon in space on July 15. The incident illustrates the "real, serious and increasing" threat to the US and its allies' space systems, the US Space Command said on the website.

The US chief disarmament negotiator, Marshall Billingslea, described the weapons test as "unacceptable". It is a "serious matter" that must be addressed in the disarmament negotiations with Moscow in Vienna next week, he wrote on the short message service Twitter. US Space Command chief Jay Raymond said the Russian weapons test was "further evidence that Russia is continually working to develop and test space-based systems."

The British government had also warned Moscow beforehand. Russia had fired a projectile from a satellite that had the features of a weapon, it said on Thursday in a message on the Twitter account of the British Ministry of Defense.

"Actions like this threaten the peaceful uses of space and risk causing debris that threatens satellites and space systems that the world depends on," said the Department of Defense in London. Moscow should refrain from further tests.

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US President Donald Trump and his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin spoke on Thursday about the disarmament negotiations in Vienna in the coming week. This is about a possible follow-up agreement to the "New Start" disarmament treaty. Trump told Putin that Washington wanted to avoid an "expensive" arms race with China and Russia, a White House spokesman said. According to this, Putin and Trump agreed on the "urgency" of bilateral talks on "strategic stability and arms control".

The "New Start" agreement is the last remaining major nuclear disarmament agreement between Washington and Moscow. In the agreement, both states committed themselves to reducing the number of their nuclear detonators to a maximum of 1,550. The contract from 2010 expires in February next year. (AFP, dpa)

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