July 24, 2020 / 12:32 PM / in 16 days

Russia rejects British, U.S. criticism of its activities in space

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow rejected criticism from the United States and the United Kingdom of Russia’s activities in space on Friday, after the two nations expressed concern at a Russian satellite test conducted on July 15.

Britain on Thursday said Russia had launched a projectile with the “characteristics of a weapon” and called on Moscow to behave responsibly in space.

“The tests conducted by Russia’s Ministry of Defence 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 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.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Alexander Marrow; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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