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Putin Threatens to Shoot Down Elon Musk’s Starlink Satellite

Putin Threatens to Shoot Down Elon Musk’s Starlink Satellite

Putin Threatens to Shoot Down Elon Musk's Starlink Satellite

 

Putin Threatens to Shoot Down Elon Musk’s Starlink Satellite

Elon Musk’s space-based internet provider, Starlink, is now seen by Moscow as a legitimate military target, making outer space the newest theatre of battle in its quest to annex Ukraine.
Since its network of satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) has so far shown to be immune to electromagnetic attack—impressing even the Pentagon’s top brass—Starlink continues to be a crucial component in Ukraine’s efforts to stave off Vladimir Putin’s invasion forces.

 Putin Threatens to Shoot Down Elon Musk's Starlink Satellite

Now, the Russian government has indirectly warned Musk that it will fire down his birds since they are seen as part of a “very dangerous trend” that might lead to a “full-fledged arms race in space,” according to Moscow.
The deputy head of the Russian delegation to the UN, Konstantin Vorontsov, pushed his colleagues to denounce what he perceived as American coercion of commercial services for its own military ends.

 Putin Threatens to Shoot Down Elon Musk's Starlink Satellite

 Putin Threatens to Shoot Down Elon Musk's Starlink Satellite

In a meeting on Wednesday, he warned that “quasi-civilian infrastructure may become a valid target for reprisal” and urged the United States to adhere to existing international accords and standards controlling space, such as the UN convention signed in 1967.
Only a small number of pariah nations, like Belarus and North Korea, have been able to back Russia in the UN. However, a sizable number of developing nations and non-aligned states, such as China, India, and South Africa, have voted against its illegitimate annexation of Ukrainian land in the UN General Assembly by withholding their votes.

On Thursday, Washington retaliated by threatening to respond to any strikes on American property with proportionate force.
John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council, said on Thursday: “I would simply stress that any attack on U.S. infrastructure will be met with a reaction and would be handled with a response proportional to the threat that’s posed to our infrastructure.”

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