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    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - A number of EU member states are discussing the possibility of creating European space forces, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry and Entrepreneurship, Elzbieta Bienkowska, who is also in charge for EU space policy, said.

    "Several member states are considering just now ways to strengthen their defence doctrine to space dimension. They are talking about space forces", Bienkowska said, as quoted by the EUobserver online newspaper.

    She did not specify which countries supported the possible move.

    "We need to discuss, medium [to] long term, a European Space Force", the commissioner said.

    READ MORE: UK May Start Space Race With EU as May Wants Domestic Sat-Nav System — Reports

    Last week, US President Donald Trump during a speech at the Pentagon unveiled the 2019 US Missile Defence Review (MDR), a strategy that calls for boosting land- and sea-based missile defence systems in Europe and the Middle East along with studying the development of space-based interceptors.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that new Pentagon's strategy actually paved way for the deployment of missile defence weapons in space. The ministry added that the implementation of these plans would inevitably lead to the beginning of a space arms race and would have the most negative consequences for international security and stability.

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