June 17, 2024



Congressional Report Frets Over Deployment of Russian, Chinese Laser and Microwave Weapons in Space



Russia and China have fervently opposed US plans for the deployment of offensive weapons systems in space for over a decade, jointly proposing a treaty to prevent such arms from being deployed by any nation. Earlier this year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that there was “still a chance” to reach an agreement on the issue.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), an agency responsible for briefing US lawmakers on military matters and other affairs, has accused Russia and China of engaging in “threatening” activities in outer space which may harm the US and its allies’ national security, and of working to create a whole range of space weapons with offensive capabilities.

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