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Russia: ‘Tough Response’ If US Creates Space Force

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Evie Fordham Politics and Health Care Reporter

Russia will have a “tough response” if President Donald Trump’s order to create a Space Force is carried out, said the head of a Russian parliamentary committee on defense and security Tuesday.

“Let’s hope the American political elite still have the remnants of reason and common sense,” committee head Viktor Bondarev told Russian media. “But if the United States withdraws from the 1967 treaty banning nuclear weapons in outer space, then, of course, not only ours, but also other states, will follow with a tough response aimed at ensuring world security.”

The treaty Bondarev referred to was signed by more than 85 countries in 1967.

It states that parties to the treaty will “undertake not to place in orbit around the Earth any objects carrying nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction, install such weapons on celestial bodies, or station such weapons in outer space in any other manner.” (RELATED: ‘Space Force! Space Force!’ — Minnesota Crowd Erupts When President Trump Says We’re ‘Going To Space’)

Trump ordered the Pentagon to embark on the creation a sixth service called the Space Force while speaking to the National Space Council on Monday. He originally floated the idea of a Space Force during a speech at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in California on March 13.

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