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Russia threatens ‘tough response’ to US space force

Just after China issued warnings about an escalating weapons push for space, Russia has threatened to respond to the creation of a US “Space Force” with “a tough response aimed at ensuring world security.” President Trump framed the need for such a force in terms of a need for technology and military superiority over China and Russia, wording highlighted in both Chinese and Russian responses. Russia already operates a military branch known as “space forces” with activities comparable to the U.S. Air Force Space command and described as “purely defensive” by a Foreign Ministry spokesperson. Both the U.S. and Russia are concerned with the ongoing development on both sides of “hypersonic glide missiles” that fly near or into space and above existing missile defense systems. 

Source: Russia warns of a ‘tough response’ to creation of US space force

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