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Russia May Have Just Put Elon Musk's Starlink On Notice
By KYLE ENCINA
Russia seems to have given Elon Musk’s Starlink initiative a stern warning in a statement that could have grave implications, after Musk gave Ukraine satellite internet access in March amidst the ongoing conflict between the two countries. Starlink’s involvement might have put a target on SpaceX, but the founder’s swift compliance might have exacerbated the issue even further.
It now appears that the Russian Delegation is giving SpaceX a similar treatment by indirectly addressing its actions in a warning against using private satellites and their intervention. The Russian Delegation spoke out against the “extremely dangerous trend” of using civilian and commercial space technologies for military purposes, as they claim is happening with Ukraine.
They explained that quasi-civilian infrastructure” can be “a legitimate target for retaliation,” adding that “provocative use of civilian satellites is questionable under the Outer Space Treaty.” Musk has yet to respond, but one of his earlier tweets reveals that Starlink won’t censor Russian news sources as he considers himself a “free speech absolutist.”