The United States of America (U.S.A) and Russia are set to conduct the first bilateral talks on space security in Vienne, Austria in Seven years since 2013. This comes after the US accused Russia of testing the space-based anti-satellite weapons.
According to the US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, Christopher Ford, America aims to promote responsible behavior in outer space as well as calling for a greater crisis management tools, stability, and predictability.
"What they’re doing is signaling to the world that they’re able to destroy satellites in orbit with other satellites, it would appear. That is a very disturbing, provocative, dangerous, and ill-advised thing for them to be doing," Ford said noting that America has evidence that Russia tested the ant-satellite weapon on July 15.
"We hope that we can convey that message to them and work on a better way for countries to show appropriate restraint and responsible behavior in orbit because this is the sort of thing that could get out of hand and go very badly rather quickly in the future," he added.