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    Sunday, February 17, 2008

    US spy satellite plan 'a cover'

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    Russia's defence ministry said the US planned to test its "anti-missile defence system's capability to destroy other countries' satellites".

    The US says the satellite lost power and communications shortly after it was launched in December 2006 and is now uncontrollable.

    [...]

    But Russia's defence ministry said the US had not given enough information on the reasons for the decision.

    "Speculations about the danger of the satellite hide preparations for the classical testing of an anti-satellite weapon," a statement reported by Itar-Tass news agency said.

    "Such testing essentially means the creation of a new type of strategic weapons," it added.

    "The decision to destroy the American satellite does not look harmless as they try to claim, especially at a time when the US has been evading negotiations on the limitation of an arms race in outer space," the statement continued.

    The Russian defence ministry argued that various countries' spacecraft had crashed to Earth in the past, and many countries used toxic fuel in spacecraft, but this had never before merited such "extraordinary measures".

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