"Russia, especially recently, has demonstrated provocative behavior that creates a potentially dangerous situation. We consider this to be threatening behavior", - Ratcliffe said.
He noted that in 2020, the Russian Federation launched a satellite that carried out maneuvers next to an American government satellite. Earlier, Russia also launched a similar device, the head of national intelligence recalled, specifying that the Russian satellite had the properties of a space weapon.
“Vital US interests are at increasing risk as China and Russia develop and deploy destructive weapons to threaten America's and its allies’s space capabilities”, - Ratcliffe said, noting that Russia was acting irresponsibly in space.
However, the director of national intelligence stressed, the United States is currently leading in the implementation of space programs, although Russia and China are not lagging behind. The United States has now begun to pursue a comprehensive policy for the control and management of space operations.
According to the head of the US Department of Energy Dan Bruyett, the ministry will maintain its leadership in creating nuclear power plants for use in outer space, including on the lunar surface. According to him, the government and NASA are working with private companies to develop engines that use nuclear energy.
Recall that Russia was left without participation in the international lunar program. The head of the state corporation Dmitry Rogozin has previously repeatedly announced his "lunar" claims, but in the end, all plans to build a station on the surface of the Earth's satellite, which, according to Rogozin's idea, were to be visited by robotic avatars, remained in his fantasies. More or less similar to feasible ideas are the plans to launch the automatic station Luna-25, but this is only a continuation of the Soviet program. In the meantime, we recall that China has successfully landed its spacecraft on the moon.
But the statements of Ratcliffe about the threat to American vital interests in the Roscosmos commented with a kind of humor.
"The Russian Federation launched a satellite, which began to carry out maneuvers near the American government satellite. "The vital interests of the United States are under threat", the head of the US national intelligence believes... The Americans today have a nervous space breakdown", - Rogozin wrote on his Twitter.
Note that Dmitry Rogozin obviously takes a very positive view of everything that happens in the industry entrusted to him, despite constant checks on the use of budget funds, criminal cases related to the long-term construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amur Region, numerous violations in the work of the state corporation. The head of Roscosmos, meanwhile, writes thematic songs with loud titles, such as, "We are tearing the sky to shreds".