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US plans to pursue development of space-based interceptors signals that Washington would use space for military operations, the Russian Foreign Ministry has warned.

Washington's concept of a space-based interceptor capable of destroying missiles in the boost phase was presented in the US Missile Defense Review (MDR) last week.

In the speech announcing the publication of the MDR, US President Donald Trump warned that the new strategy will "ensure that enemy missiles find no sanctuary on Earth or in the skies above."

He also declared that "space is a new war-fighting domain with the Space Force leading the way."

The US "implementation of its military space plans will hit the current system of space activities' safety," stated Moscow, referring to Washington's previous attempts to achieve dominance in the military sphere resulted in "growing tensions and a spiralling arms race."

The Foreign Ministry has also expressed regret that the US abandoned "constructive dialogue" and returned to the 1980s 'Star Wars' missile defense program of President Ronald Reagan, when the spaced-based interceptors were first envisioned.

Though the MDR only recommends studying the issue at this point, Moscow is convinced that the Trump administration puts a "strong emphasis" on it and will be inclined to go ahead with the development of the spaced-based weapons.

Besides development of spaced-based capabilities, the MDR describes plans to deploy 20 additional interceptor missiles in Alaska as soon as 2023. Other plans include arming missile facilities in Romania and Poland - part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) - with new Aegis SM-3 missiles.