In an apparent threat to NATO and its member nations, Russia’s state space agency Roscosmos published satellite imaging of what it called “decision-making centers” that “supports Ukrainian nationalists,” which included the NATO summit in Madrid, the White House, the Pentagon and of government headquarters in London, Paris and Berlin.
The NATO summit, in particular, is important because it will lead to the adoption of a new “Strategic Concept” and is expected to classify Russia as a security threat. This also comes as NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Monday that the alliance will increase the number of its response forces from 40,000 to 300,000 in what he says is “the biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
Since the start of the Ukraine invasion, Russia has routinely accused western satellite imaging companies of aiding NATO and Ukraine, specifically Maxar. One example is Maxar’s satellite imagery that revealed the location of anti-air units on Snake Island before Ukrainian drone and air strikes targeted the island.