0617 GMT October 24, 2020
Britain on Thursday said Russia had launched a projectile with the “characteristics of a weapon” and called on Moscow to behave responsibly in space, Reuters reported.
“The tests conducted by Russia’s Ministry of Defense on July 15 did not pose a threat to other space objects and, most importantly, did not violate any norms and principles of international law,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The US State Department also described the use of "what would appear to be actual in-orbit anti-satellite weaponry" as concerning.
Russia's Defense Ministry had earlier said it was using new technology to perform checks on Russian space equipment.
In a statement on Thursday, US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-proliferation Christopher Ford accused Moscow of hypocrisy after it said it wanted arms control to be extended to space.
"Moscow aims to restrict the capabilities of the United States while clearly having no intention of halting its own counter-space program," he said, bbc.com reported.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said it considered statements made by American and British officials as an “anti-Russian strike as part of a targeted information campaign initiated by Washington” to discredit Russia’s activities in space.