Russia Slams US: ‘Malicious Fabrication’

( – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has slammed U.S. claims about Russia developing nuclear weapons in space as a hoax.

He said this move aims to scare Congress into spending more on Ukraine. “It is obvious that the White House is trying, by hook or by crook, to encourage Congress to vote on a bill to allocate money; this is obvious,” Peskov stated at a press briefing. “We’ll see what tricks the White House will use,” he added with a sneer.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov also slammed the U.S. warning as a “malicious fabrication.” Speaking to Tass, Russia’s state media, Ryabkov said, “We have seen these reports. This is part of a trend that has been there for a decade, with the Americans making up malicious stories and ascribing to us some actions and intentions that they don’t like.” He emphasized that without evidence, the Kremlin would not react to such allegations.

The controversy began after Rep. Mike Turner, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, warned of a “serious national security threat” linked to Russia’s space capabilities, urging President Biden to declassify related information. U.S. officials hinted at Russia developing a weapon to target U.S. satellites, citing classified Russian space launches named Cosmos.

Despite the alarm, lawmakers briefed on the matter called it serious but not a crisis. House Speaker Mike Johnson assured the public, saying, “We just want to assure everyone steady hands are at the wheel. We’re working on it, and there’s no need for alarm.”

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and former Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney expressed surprise and skepticism about the public disclosure of the threat. Mulvaney speculated, “That’s the only thing that seems to tie up with the facts so far, that Mike Turner wants more money for Ukraine, and he’s decided to do this to scare people into voting for it.”

Experts have mixed opinions. Some doubt the validity of Turner’s claims, while Hans Kristensen from the Federation of American Scientists acknowledged the potential for a new threat noting Russia’s satellite maneuvers could target other countries’ space-based assets, which would be destabilizing.