The Federal Foreign Office on the destructive test of a ground-based anti-satellite missile by Russia

16.11.2021 - Press release

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement on 15 November 2021 on the destructive test of a ground-based anti-satellite missile by Russia:

The Federal Government is deeply concerned by Russia’s test of a ground-based anti-satellite missile on 15 November 2021, which destroyed one of Russia’s own satellites. The destruction of the satellite in low Earth orbit created a large amount of debris which will be detrimental to the free and unimpeded use of outer space for all countries for years to come. The test and the resulting debris will also expose the astronauts on board the International Space Station to additional risks.

This irresponsible behaviour entails a high risk of miscalculations and escalation. The test highlights the growing risks and threats affecting security and stability in outer space and the urgent need for the international community to agree on rules for the peaceful and sustainable use of space and measures to build confidence and security.

Together with its partners, Germany advocates international dialogue within the United Nations with the aim of reducing threats and risks affecting space systems. We call on all states to participate constructively in this process and in the development of principles for responsible state behaviour in space, and to refrain from such irresponsible behaviour.


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