Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs threatened to shoot down Western commercial satellites that are used to help Ukraine

The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Konstantin Vorontsov, said that Russia could consider Western commercial satellites as its legitimate targets if they are used to help Ukraine in the war. The Russian TASS cites his statement.

Vorontsov is the deputy director of the department for non-proliferation and arms control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, his statement was heard at the meeting of the first committee of the UN General Assembly.

He called the use by the US and other Western countries of “components of civil infrastructure in space, including commercial, in armed conflicts … which was especially evident during the events in Ukraine” a “dangerous trend”.

Quasi-civilian infrastructure can become a legitimate target for retaliatory strikes. Due to the actions of the West, unjustified risks arise for peaceful activities in space and numerous socio-economic processes on earth, on which the well-being of people, primarily in developing countries, depends.

Konstantin Vorontsov

As you know, the Starlink satellite communication system from the SpaceX company plays a critical role for Ukraine.

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