Russia Developing ‘Anti-Satellite Capability’

National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby announced that Russia is developing an “anti-satellite capability.”

The news comes after House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner (R-OH) said there was a “serious national security threat.”

“I can confirm that it is related to an anti-satellite capability that Russia is developing,” Kirby told reporters.

“This is not an active capability that’s been deployed,” he added, noting “there is no immediate threat to anyone’s safety.”

“The intelligence community has serious concerns about a broad declassification of this intelligence,” Kirby explained.

Russia has been developing anti-satellite capabilities for years and is part of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty that prohibits putting weapons of mass destruction into outer space, according to Reuters.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies that the concern about Russian capabilities is designed to make the U.S. Congress provide aid for Ukraine.

“It’s obvious that Washington is trying to force Congress to vote on the aid bill by hook or by crook,” he said. “Let’s see what ruse the White House will use.”