“Numerous fake news claims that SpaceX is selling Starlink terminals to Russia. This is categorically false,” Musk said in an X (formerly Twitter) post.
“As far as we know, no Starlinks have been sold directly or indirectly to Russia,” the billionaire noted, adding that Starlink satellites will not close the link in Russia.
It is worth noting that Starlink terminals are “geofened”, so they do not work in unauthorized areas.
Russia denies its military use of Starlink
Russia has also denied the use of Starlink satellites, saying the system has neither been certified for use in Russia nor officially delivered, and therefore cannot be used.
“This is not a certified system with us; Therefore, it cannot be officially delivered here and is not officially delivered. Therefore, it cannot be officially used in any way,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.
Ukraine, which used Starlink for military communications during its war with Russia, recently said Russian troops were using Starlink in parts of Ukraine they control.
According to SpaceX, there is no issue with Russia
SpaceX has previously said it does not do any business with the Russian government or its military.
“SpaceX has never sold or sold Starlink to Russia or shipped equipment to Russia. “If Russian stores claim to sell Starlink for service in this country, they are deceiving their customers,” the company said.
“If SpaceX becomes aware that a Starlink terminal is being used by a sanctioned or unauthorized party, we will investigate the claim and, if confirmed, take steps to deactivate the terminal,” he added.