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WARning: Russia’s nuclear capability in space, A threat to us – U.S House Republican warns

The intelligence came to light after Representative Mike Turner, Republican chair of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, issued an unusual and cryptic statement on Wednesday warning of a “serious national security threat”.

Sources later said the warning was related to Russian capabilities in space, related to satellites, one of the sources said the issue is serious.

“I am requesting that President Biden declassify all information relating to this threat so that Congress, the Administration, and our allies can openly discuss the actions necessary to respond to this threat,” Turner said in the statement, providing no further information.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday called the warning about new Russian nuclear capabilities in space yet another “trick” by the White House. Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov called reports about the deployment of nuclear weapons in space a “malicious fabrication”, TASS reported.

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Citing a current and a former US official, the New York Times reported earlier that the new intelligence was related to Russia’s attempts to develop a space-based anti-satellite nuclear weapon. ABC News reported earlier that the intelligence had to do with such a capability.

Current and former officials said the nuclear weapon was not in orbit.

Turner’s statement was released in the midst of debate in Congress over how the United States should be dealing with global threats from Russia and other rivals, with security hawks urging greater global involvement and some lawmakers most closely allied with Republican former president Donald Trump advocating for a more isolationist approach to world affairs.

Turner recently returned from leading a bipartisan congressional delegation to Ukraine, after which he warned fellow lawmakers that time was running out for Ukraine in its fight against Russian invaders.

The Biden administration has been ramping up its criticism of House Republicans for possibly blocking a $95 billion bill passed by the Senate that would supply aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. Supporters of the bill argue that a major reason for the United States to back the government in Kyiv is to push back against threats from Russia that extend beyond Ukraine.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, a staunch Trump ally who says he will not rush to allow a vote on the Senate bill, told reporters at the Capitol there was no need for public alarm. “Steady hands are at the wheel. We’re working on it and there’s no need for alarm,” he said.

Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio, the Democratic chair and Republican vice chair, respectively, of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a joint statement saying their panel has the intelligence in question and has been “rigorously” tracking the issue.

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