Russian Nuclear Capabilities In Space Raises Concerns

The United States warned recently Russia is developing a nuclear anti-satellite weapon that could be used in space with the potential of knocking out U.S. military communications and reconnaissance satellites.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) warned of a “serious national security threat” on Wednesday while requesting that President Joe Biden declassify any material relevant to the topic.

“The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has made available to all Members of Congress information concerning a serious national security threat,” Turner said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“I am requesting that President Biden declassify all information relating to this threat so that Congress, the Administration, and our allies can openly discuss the actions necessary to respond to this threat,” he added.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov ridiculed the rumors calling them nothing more than an attempt by Congress to scare the American people and the Biden administration into giving more aid to Ukraine.

“It is obvious that the White House is trying, by hook or by crook, to encourage Congress to vote on a bill to allocate money; this is obvious,” Peskov said. “We’ll see what tricks the White House will use.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov agreed, stating, “We have seen these reports. This is part of a trend that has been there for a decade, with the Americans making up malicious stories and ascribing to us some actions and intentions that they don’t like.”

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) urged the White House to declassify the information because, as Newsweek stated, “In the absence of official information, some defense experts have weighed in with their own theories on the nature of the weapon.”

Johnson explained that last month he sent a letter to the White House “requesting a meeting with the president to discuss a serious national security issue that is classified,” a reference to the Russian nuclear capabilities in space.

“In response to that letter, a meeting is now scheduled tomorrow on this matter here at the Capitol with the Gang of Four and with the president’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan. I will press the administration to take appropriate action, and everybody can be comforted by that,” Johnson concluded.