U.S. accused Russia of testing weapon in space

Part of: GS Mains II – International affairs; Cold War-­style diplomacy 

In news: 

  • U.S. and U.K. accused Russia of testifying an anti-­satellite weapon in space. 
  • U.S. Space Command said it “has evidence” that Moscow “conducted a non­-destructive test of a space-­based anti-satellite weapon” on July 15. 

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Do you know? 

  • New START treaty caps the nuclear warheads of the U.S. and Russia — the two Cold War­-era superpowers. 
  • Under the Treaty, the United States and Russia must meet the Treaty’s central limits on strategic arms.  
  • Each Party has the flexibility to determine for itself the structure of its strategic forces within the aggregate limits of the Treaty.  
  • The treaty has no Constraints on Missile Defense and Conventional Strike. 

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