The head of Russia’s space agency was reported in a news article on Wednesday as warning that any hacking of its satellites will be treated as a reason for war.
According to the Interfax news agency, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin disputed media allegations that Russian satellite control centres had already been hacked during Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, while also warning against any such attempts.
“Offlining any country’s satellites is actually a casus belli, a cause for war,” he said, according to Interfax.
According to Interfax, Rogozin also stated that his agency requested guarantees from British tech firm OneWeb that its satellites would not be used against Russia.
Without these, Rogozin stated that Russia will cancel the planned launch of 36 OneWeb satellites from the Baikonur cosmodrome, which Russia rents from Kazakhstan, on March 4, without compensating OneWeb, according to the Russian news agency.