Blinken Refuses to Answer Questions About Ukraine and Musk

Blinken Refuses to Answer Questions About Ukraine and Musk

( – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken refused to answer questions on September 10 about reports that Twitter CEO Elon Musk sabotaged Ukraine’s war efforts, as he allegedly prohibited Starlink internet access for a drone attack against a Russian fleet. During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Blinken was asked about excerpts from a recent Musk biography. This one claimed the South African billionaire rankled Ukraine’s military officials by not responding to numerous requests to use his satellite internet service to execute this offensive operation in the Black Sea.

Blinken only said he couldn’t speak about a “specific episode.” He then pointed out that Starlink has represented a “vital tool” for many Ukrainians who weren’t able to communicate with each other after the invasion started. The secretary of state added that Starlink has helped the Ukrainian military in their efforts to defend their territory.

Over the last few weeks, the Twitter CEO has publicly clashed with the Biden administration over what he claimed was a lack of compensation for giving Kyiv access to the satellite internet service. Musk said in a September 7 Twitter post that US officials wanted him to give internet not only to the entire Ukrainian territory but also to the Crimean port city of Sevastopol. This city was annexed by the Kremlin in 2014.

According to reports, this internet access would have been used by the Ukrainian armed forces to orchestrate a massive raid on a naval fleet of the Russian military. Musk explained he declined to provide this access as he didn’t want Starlink to be somehow “complicit” in an “act of war” that could even escalate the conflict between the two nations.

The “Elon Musk” biography’s author, Walter Isaacson, clarified on Twitter that the Ukrainian military thought the coverage was enabled even in Crimea, but it wasn’t. He pointed out this as the main reason why so many “erroneous” reports suggested that the South African billionaire deliberately cut off access.

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