Elon Musk admits to the Pentagon that he spoke directly with Putin

Elon Musk told Pentagon officials that he had personally spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is reported by Bloomberg with reference to an investigation by The New Yorker.

The billionaire made this statement to representatives of the US military during a telephone conversation about the satellite Internet that SpaceX supplies to the Ukrainian military.

“We’re aware of the coverage and interest in this and the department does contract with Starlink for services of this type,” Defense Department spokesman Jeff Jurgensen said in an email. “As we have also stated, due to the critical nature of these systems – we have not released additional details regarding specific capabilities, contracts or partners – at this time.”

Last October, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk denied that he had spoken to the Russian president. In his post on Twitter, now called X, the billionaire wrote that he had spoken with Vladimir Putin only once, about 18 months ago, about space.

Earlier, it was reported that Ukraine’s dependence on Starlink is worrisome, but there is no worthy alternative. Meanwhile, recently, satellite Internet terminals from the Swedish company Satcube have begun to be delivered to our country. They can be used in the de-occupied territories where mobile and landline networks are down. At the same time, the company does not know whether its equipment will be used by the military, but does not object to it.