A test of an anti-satellite weapon has spread dangerous debris in space, the US State Department said.
She accused Russia of conducting the test, which has since resulted in a dangerous cloud of hundreds of thousands of objects scattered over the earth.
The allegation came just hours after crew members of the International Space Station – who represented both U.S. and Russian space agencies – were forced to seek shelter when a cloud of debris threatened the floating laboratory.
“This test will significantly increase the risk for astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station, as well as for other manned space activities,” said a State Department spokesman.
“Russia’s dangerous and irresponsible behavior threatens the long-term sustainability of our space and clearly shows that Russia’s claims to oppose the armament of space are insincere and hypocritical.”