Rogozin, at London Embassy, Calls for Defense Against Asteroids
April 17, 2013 • 9:02AM

While resources in the United States, Russia, and many other countries are being wasted on an arms race in missile defense, the focus should be shifted to a global defense system against dangerous asteroids, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in a speech at the Russian Embassy in London yesterday.

As reported by RIA Novosti, he said: "We have recently witnessed the [meteorite] event in Chelyabinsk. No one can say whether more such incidents will follow, whether we are guaranteed against meteorite strikes. Scientists are baffled by the billions that are being spent on missile shield ... while a space threat to the whole of humanity is being ignored." Russia however seeks international cooperation in creating a global system to monitor and exchange information on potentially dangerous space objects, he added.

Rogozin, who also said that Russia is working on asymmetric responses to the U.S./NATO drive for missile defense systems, will attend the London Book Fair today, presenting his book on the history of Russian-NATO relations, Hawks of Peace.