The United States had criticised India over the anti-satellite missile test, calling it unacceptable and incompatible with the future of human space flight.

In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry called anti-satellite (ASAT) tests conducted by India a result of the deterioration of the situation in the arms control sphere, caused by US actions.

Earlier, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that New Delhi had successfully tested its first anti-satellite missile by hitting a defunct Indian satellite at an altitude of 300 kilometres (186 miles).

Modi added that India had become the fourth country in the world to possess such a weapon after China, Russia and the United States.

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