Antony Blinken says U.S. had talks with Elon Musk about Starlink in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. government spoke to Elon Musk about Starlink satellite internet in Ukraine

Updated - February 21, 2023 08:26 am IST

Published - February 20, 2023 10:06 am IST - WASHINGTON

File photo of the Starlink logo

File photo of the Starlink logo | Photo Credit: REUTERS

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday that the U.S. government had conversations with Elon Musk about the use of Starlink satellite internet in Ukraine.

SpaceX this month said it has taken steps to prevent Ukraine’s military from using the company’s Starlink service for controlling drones in the region during the country’s war with Russia.

Asked during an interview with NBC News’ “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” that will air on Sunday, whether the United States had asked Musk, the company’s chief executive, not to restrict the use of Starlink capabilities by Ukraine’s military, Blinken said: “Well, I can’t share any conversations we’ve had other than to say we’ve had conversations.”

SpaceX has privately shipped truckloads of Starlink terminals to Ukraine, allowing the country’s military to communicate by plugging them in and connecting them with the nearly 4,000 satellites SpaceX has so far launched into low-Earth orbit.

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Russia has attempted to jam Starlink signals in the region, though SpaceX countered by hardening the service’s software, Musk has said.

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