U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris announced that the United States would avoid testing anti-satellite missiles, urging other countries to follow the Biden administration’s approach after a Russian test last November created a space debris in space.
And the American newspaper “The Hill” reported, today, Tuesday, April 19, that this came during a visit of Harris to the Space Forces base in Vandenberg, California, last night.
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The paper added that the announcement comes after Harris, who chairs the National Space Council, asked the White House National Security Council last December to work with other government agencies; To develop proposals for space safety standards.
The US administration believes that restricting space missile testing will reduce the risk of space conflict, which will remain cleaner than debris and materials that would impede exploration or harm the environment.
On the ground, the Russian military operation in Ukraine continues, since its inception on 24 February.
The Russian-Ukrainian conflict gained a new turning point on February 21 after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent republics of Ukraine, in an escalating step that drew great anger from Kiev and its Western allies.
In the wake of this, Russian forces began, at dawn on Thursday, February 24, to launch a military operation in eastern Ukraine, which opened the door to the possibility of an outbreak of a “third world war”, which would be first in the twenty-first century.
The European Union said the world had lived in a “darker atmosphere” since World War II, while the European Union and the United States imposed a package of sanctions on Russia, which European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described as ” the harshest ever. ” “.
However, the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have so far insisted on not engaging in any military operations in Ukraine, and EU countries also refuse to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, in contrary to Kiev’s wish. , which called on European countries to take that step, which the US administration said would provoke a “third world war”.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that the outbreak of a third world war would be “nuclear and destructive”, as he described it.
At the scene, the Russian Defense Ministry said, at the beginning of the military operation, that the Ukrainian air defense system and its bases had been destroyed and the Air Force infrastructure was out of service.
The Russian Defense Ministry later announced on Saturday, February 26, that it had issued orders for Russian forces to launch military operations on all axes in Ukraine, following Kiev’s refusal to enter into negotiations with Moscow, as Ukraine attributed this to refusal of Russia to put the conditions on the table before the negotiations.refused for Ukraine.
However, the two sides sat down for negotiations for the first time, on Monday, February 28, in Gomel, on the border with Belarus, and the second round of talks was held on Thursday, March 3, while both sides held a round third round of talks in Belarus on Monday, March 7. All three rounds of negotiations ended without a noticeable change on the ground.
The head of the Russian delegation said that his country’s expectations from the third round of negotiations “did not materialize”, but indicated that meetings with Ukraine would continue, while the Ukrainian delegation spoke of a slight progress in negotiations with the Russians on the “corridors of safe “. . “
Earlier, on February 28, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky signed a decree on his country’s application to join the European Union, a move that found no Russian opposition after the issue of Kiev’s accession to the Atlantic Treaty Organization. of the North “NATO”. “.
Russian Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the European Union is not a military-political bloc, noting that the issue of Kiev’s membership in the union does not fall within the framework of strategic security issues, but falls into a different framework.
At the international level, the United Nations General Assembly voted on Wednesday, March 2, to condemn the Russian war against Ukraine, with 141 countries approving the draft resolution, while only 5 countries rejected the issue of condemning Russia, while 35 countries around the world abstained.
The United Nations announced that more than 3 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the war there, while the United Nations revealed, on Saturday, March 19, that about 850 civilians have been killed in the war so far.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities have imposed martial law throughout the country since the beginning of the Russian occupation of Ukrainian territory.
On Sunday, March 20, the Ukrainian president announced the extension of the state of martial law in the country for a period of 30 days, starting on Wednesday, March 23.
Before launching a military operation against Ukraine, Russia had always denied Western accusations of preparing an “invasion” of Ukraine and said it was not a party to the Ukrainian internal conflict.
However, this was not convincing to Western circles, which based their accusations against Moscow on preparing for the invasion of Ukraine, based on the deployment of about 100,000 Russian troops from Russia a few weeks ago on its borders with Ukraine, a country close to the West . saying that “this invasion could happen at any time.”
But Russia justified this at the time because it only wanted to ensure its security, at a time when Washington was sending military reinforcements to Eastern Europe and Ukraine as well.
For its part, Moscow at the time accused the West of using the allegations as a pretext to increase NATO’s military presence near its borders, at a time when Russia was and still insists on rejecting the issue of NATO enlargement. s, or Ukraine’s membership in the alliance, while Kiev is eager to join the NATO flag.