Russia threatens Elon Musk after his contribution to Ukraine

“Elon, you will take responsibility as an adult – no matter how silly you play.”

The tone rose again between the Kremlin camp and Elon Musk. After the first moon sequences in which Putin directly provoked, now infuriated Dmitriy Rogozin. And like the CEO of SpaceX, the director of the Russian sulfur space agency has no tongue in his pocket either.

On Sunday, May 8, Musk posted a note on Twitter apparently directed at Russian media by Roscosmos. This refers to the billionaire’s recent decision to organize the delivery of Starlink stations to the Ukrainian forces (see our article).

As a reminder, this is the equipment that provides access to the constellation of web satellites of the same name. They make it possible to provide an Internet connection in remote areas and without relying on local infrastructure. Therefore, this handover represents a significant strategic support that Ukrainian officials have welcomed.

SpaceX is now a player in the fray

But as one might expect, this outstretched hand did not go unnoticed by the passage of the Kremlin. This gesture has been interpreted as an inherently hostile maneuver. It appears that some Russian officials now view SpaceX as an integral part of the conflict.

In any case, this is what appears from the English translation of Rogozin’s letter. Remember that the enterprise headed by Roscosmos is directly dependent on the Russian authorities. Although the style is quite different, like Musk, Rogozin is known for his loud statements with an often inquisitive tone. We remember, for example, his half-word threat to the fate of the International Space Station, and we find the same connotations in this new message.

Based on the testimonies of the captured commander of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Colonel Dmitry Kormyankov, it turned out that Elon Musk’s Starlink stations were delivered to the Nazi Azov battalion and Ukrainian marines in Mariupol in military helicopters.
According to our information, the Starlink equipment was delivered by the Pentagon. Therefore, Elon Musk is engaged in the supply of military communications equipment to the fascist forces in Ukraine. And for that, Elon, you will take responsibility as an adult – no matter how ridiculous your play is.”

Happy to know you

The letter faithfully uses the vocabulary that the Russian authorities have used since the beginning of the invasion. We note in particular the presence of the lexical field of Nazism, the political position that the Russian press continues to give the Ukrainian government and fighters.

It’s hard to know if this targeted message will have tangible consequences later. It could just be another threat; Russian officials have already made dozens of them since the invasion began. In any case, the interested party has taken note of this very well. “If you died under mysterious circumstances, I’m glad I knew you‘, he fell on his favorite platform. A touch of humor didn’t seem to make his mother, Mai Musk, smile.

Passing the weapon (most likely) without direct consequences

This dash of humor suggests that Musk doesn’t seem particularly concerned about these hidden threats. It must already be admitted that since the beginning of the invasion, the Russian authorities have not done He is not always successful at putting actions behind words Remember that the invasion of Ukraine was originally supposed to end in a few days. A very ambitious deadline was relentlessly negated by all the Russian propaganda apparatus at the beginning of the conflict … which today is very far from reality.

So far, the Russian authorities do not appear to have responded to Musk’s response. But it’s hard to imagine that this little scroll of weapons through staggered ads would go much further. The Russian General Staff certainly has more important issues to deal with at the moment; I’m not sure the stations were handed over by a billionaire in full contact process They are a priority, even if they help the Ukrainian unit.

In the end, it will likely be a file Reaction to US involvement in general, more than a threat to Musk in particular. Remember that the US government would have been directly involved in the delivery of Starlink stations. An intervention that Russian decision-makers viewed as an insult. They have been saying for weeks that they consider all countries that supply Ukraine with hostile equipment.

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