More recently, Raymond condemned a Russian test of a weapon in July that is designed to blow up assets in orbit.
Space Force leaders have emphasized the importance of drafting international norms of behavior in space to ensure all nations can operate safely. Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, the commander of U.S. Space Command’s combined force space component, told Space News last month that officials from the Pentagon and State Department are drafting language to send to the U.N. on responsible space behavior.
The meeting: It’s unclear who from the U.S. participated in the discussion with Russia.
“The United States wants to work with the international community to promote responsible behavior in space,” said the senior administration official, who was not authorized to speak publicly. “It is a shared interest of all nations to act responsibly in space to ensure the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of outer space activities.”
From Russia: The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on Tuesday announcing the video meeting that covered “a wide range of issues related to the security of space activities,” according to an English translation of the press release.
What’s next: Both Russia and the U.S. said they wanted to hold future meetings to make progress on the topic.
“We look forward to future discussions to build mutual trust with Russia and other space-faring nations to work toward responsible norms of behaviors in space,” the senior administration official said.
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