Russia says private satellites are a ‘legitimate target’ in wartime

Russia continues its trend of making provocative statements about the international order in space.

As the United States continues to leverage more commercial satellites for intelligence and communications work, Russia has issued a warning that these could become a “legitimate target” for wartime operations. This is according to statements made by a Russian delegation on Monday September 12 during a meeting of the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on the Reduction space threatswhich is held in Geneva from September 12 to 16. The purpose of the working group meeting is to discuss how to reduce threats and increase cooperation in space through the creation and adoption of new norms and principles of responsible behavior.

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