According to NATO Secretary General, the recognition of space as an operational environment will help develop communication, navigation and early warning systems. Stoltenberg stressed that the deployment of offensive weapons in space is not expected.
These statements by the head of the military alliance are disconcerting, said Yuri Shvitkin, vice president of the Defense Committee of the Russian Parliament.
"It is obvious that this implies aggressive and destructive actions in relation to other States. The Alliance itself as a military organization implies a militarization of space and NATO countries will make all kinds of attempts. In my opinion, this can lead to the world community to a catastrophe, "he said in statements by Sputnik.
Russia, in turn, must strive to prevent the militarization of space by NATO, the deputy added.
"The answer must be reciprocal, but at the same time it should not involve our country in a space arms race," concluded the vice president of the Defense Committee of the State Duma (Russian Lower House).
NATO approved its first space defense strategy in June this year. Then, Stoltenberg announced that the new policy covers several topics, from satellite communications to the detection of missile launches.
The meeting on Wednesday 20 will take place with the controversial background unleashed by the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, who on November 7, in an interview with The Economist, diagnosed "brain death" of the body created at the end of World War II.