یکی از مقامات وزارت خارجه ایالات متحده ۲۳ امرداد ۱۳۹۷ در کنفراسی در سوئیس ادعا کرده است رفتار یک ماهواره روسی که سال ۱۳۹۶ در مدار زمین قرار گرفته مشکوک به نظر میرسد و شاید سلاح باشد.
این اظهارات کمتر از یک هفته پس از درخواست رسمی کاخ سفید از کنگره برای تخصیص بودجه به منظور تأسیس نیروی فضایی در ارتش ایالات متحده بیان شده است.
A Russian satellite that launched to Earth orbit last October has been behaving oddly, raising the possibility that the craft could be some sort of space weapon, a U.S. diplomat warned.
Russia has described the satellite in question as a "space apparatus inspector," Yleem Poblete, assistant secretary for arms control, verification and compliance at the U.S. State Department, said at a conference on disarmament in Geneva yesterday (Aug. 14).
"But its behavior on orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational-awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection-satellite activities. We are concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behavior by a declared 'space apparatus inspector,'''
"We don't know for certain what it is, and there is no way to verify it," she added. "But Russian intentions with respect to this satellite are unclear and are obviously a very troubling development — particularly when considered in concert with statements by Russia’s Space Force commander, who highlighted that 'assimilate[ing] new prototypes of weapons [into] Space Forces' military units' is a 'main task facing the Aerospace Forces space troops.'"
In addition, Poblete said, the Russian Ministry of Defence has repeatedly affirmed over the past decade that it's developing anti-satellite capabilities. And a Russian Air Force official said in February 2017 "that Russia is developing new missiles with the express intent of destroying satellites," Poblete added in her 1,800-word speech, which you can read in full at the State Department's website.