EU defense ministers, with French prodding, set ‘strategic compass’ toward increased space surveillance

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — European Union defense ministers said the Russian anti-satellite test that destroyed one of its retired satellites in low Earth orbit has fueled their motivation to develop a common space-defense strategy.

The strategy, part of a “strategic compass” for the EU, is a high priority for France, which since Jan. 1 has the six-month rotating presidency of the 27-nation EU.

EU defense ministers met Jan. 12-13 in Brest, France, to begin refining the strategic compass, which includes augmented air, maritime and cybersecurity . . .

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