In a statement the head of Russia’s space agency said, Moscow will treat any hacking of its satellite systems as a casus belli and a justification for war.
Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos has denied media reports that Russian satellite control centres have already been hacked following the invasion of Ukraine.
He however warned, any attempts to hacks the country’s satellites could be a justification for war.
“Offlining the satellites of any country is actually a casus belli, a cause for war,” Interfax quoted him as saying.
Rogozin also said Roscosmos wanted British-based tech firm OneWeb to provide guarantees that its satellites are not going to be used against Russia, said a report from Interfax.
Without the guarantees, Rogozin said Russia will cancel the planned March 4 launch of 36 OneWeb satellites from the Baikonur cosmodrome, which Russia rents from Kazakhstan, without compensating OneWeb.