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Russia Threatens U.S. Will Shoot Down SpaceX Satellites for Spying

HomeWARRussia Threatens U.S. Will Shoot Down SpaceX Satellites for Spying

Russia came out swinging on Wednesday, issuing a fiery warning to the United States over its efforts to employ SpaceX and other commercial satellite operators for intelligence gathering purposes. It was a stern salvo that is sure to raise temperatures amidst the already incendiary geopolitical climate.

“We know all about Washington’s schemes to rope the private sector into serving its military space ambitions,” a heated Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, railed at reporters in Moscow. Her words packed a punch.

Zakharova was referring to recent reports that Elon Musk’s SpaceX is secretly building a constellation of hundreds of spy satellites for a classified contract with U.S. intelligence agencies. An ominous development, to put it mildly.

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But the Russian diplomat didn’t mince words. She bluntly declared that any commercial satellite systems utilized for espionage could face “retaliatory measures” from Russian military forces. A dizzying threat that is sure to raise alarm bells across the space industry and U.S. national security apparatus.

“Such systems become legitimate targets,” she proclaimed with a furrowed brow. “That includes military retaliation if necessary.”

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Whoa. Those are fighting words from the Russian side that drastically ratchet up tensions with the U.S. over issues like the Ukraine war and other simmering conflicts. An orbital-grade escalation in what has become a rapid militarization of space.

The warning shots reflect how the Kremlin views the deepening ties between Musk’s trailblazing SpaceX and U.S. spy agencies as a serious national security threat. By dangling the prospect of anti-satellite strikes, Russia aims to deter this unholy public-private intelligence pact.

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It’s a high-stakes quagmire for American policymakers tasked with harnessing innovative commercial space capabilities while avoiding initiating a space conflict with Russia. Satellite security and disabling anti-satellite weapons have become major focus areas for the Pentagon and intelligence services.

Can cooler heads prevail? Or will heated rhetoric devolve into a disastrous escalatory spiral with catastrophic consequences? For the sake of global stability, one can only hope diplomacy wins out over any impulsive space force adventurism.

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Mezhar Alee
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Mezhar Alee is a prolific author who provides commentary and analysis on business, finance, politics, sports, and current events on his website Opportuneist. With over a decade of experience in journalism and blogging, Mezhar aims to deliver well-researched insights and thought-provoking perspectives on important local and global issues in society.

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