Billionaire Elon Musk has piqued Russia’s interest, apparently, and not in a good way.
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the head of Russia’s space agency has issued a threat to the SpaceX and Tesla founder and CEO for shipping Ukrainians his Starlink satellite internet equipment so they can stay online following Moscow’s invasion in February.
The report said:
The billionaire said they had ‘resisted hacking and jamming attempts’ from the Russians back in April and were focusing SpaceX efforts on counter measures – at the expense of other projects.
Musk tweeted out information provided by Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, to the Russian media on Sunday night. Rogozin posted the statement himself on Telegram.
Rogozin – who just yesterday boasted that Russia could destroy all NATO countries ‘in half a hour’ – accuses Musk of giving Starlink equipment to what they refer to as the ‘Nazi Azov Battalion’ as well as branches of the Ukrainian military.
“From the testimony of the captured chief of staff of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Dmitry Kormyankov, it follows that the ground-based subscriber equipment of the Starlink satellite company Elon Musk was delivered to the militants of the Nazi Azov Battalion and the Marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to Mariupol by military helicopters,” wrote Rogozin.
“Elon Musk is thus involved with supplying the fascist forces in Ukraine with military communications,” he continued, adding: “And for this you will have to answer in an adult way, Elon, no matter how much you’ll play the fool.”
It didn’t take long for the billionaire to respond with his usual tongue-in-cheek manner.
“The word ‘Nazi’ doesn’t mean what he seems to think it does,” he tweeted, adding: “If I die under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin’ ya.”
That led his mother, model Maye Musk, to respond: “That’s not funny.”
That’s not funny😠😠
— Maye Musk
Musk then replied to his mom: “Sorry! I will do my best to stay alive.”
Sorry! I will do my best to stay alive.
— Elon Musk