October 8, 2013 - Despite being called Russia‚Äôs space troops, they are not ready to deal with invasions by aliens from outer space, according to a statement by a Russian defense official.
In a surprising move, an apparently serious journalist raised this question of extraterrestrial security during a media conference at the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Center
near Moscow, Russia‚Äôs main satellite control center.
‚ÄúSo far we are not capable of that. We are unfortunately not ready to fight extraterrestrial civilizations,‚ÄĚ the center‚Äôs deputy chief Sergey Berezhnoy explained.
‚ÄúOur center was not tasked with it. There are too many problems on Earth
and near it,‚ÄĚ he added.
Titov space center, which is run by Russia‚Äôs Aerospace Defense Troops, controls around 80 percent of the country‚Äôs satellite fleet, both military
and civilian. It is also engaged in launches of spacecraft and strategic ballistic missiles. The facility located about 40km southwest of Moscow
is manned by some 1,000 officers and soldiers.
Russia‚Äôs space troops, in their current form, were created in 2011 through the integration of several military branches responsible for anti-missile defense, strategic anti-aircraft warfare and control of outer space.