The US Department of Defense is negotiating with Elon Musk over the cost of Starlink internet terminals in Ukraine. According to the Pentagon, the American billionaire’s satellite link is “not the only option” to maintain communications with Ukraine.
Musk said on Friday that his SpaceX company would no longer spend on thousands of Starlink terminals in Ukraine. can On that daywith. Last week, the world’s richest man let slip that the SpaceX operation had already cost him $80 million (€82 million).
SpaceX asked the Pentagon to pay for Starlink use by the Ukrainian government and military. The cost of this will be 120 million dollars throughout this year, according to Musk. In the next twelve months, the amount could rise to $400 million.
A Defense Ministry spokesman said it was investigating what “alternative means” are available to keep mobile phone networks and Internet connections running in Ukraine.
Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, responded via Twitter on Friday. “Like it or not, Musk helped us through the most critical moments of the war. We assume that Ukraine will find a solution to make Starling work, and that the company will provide stable broadband until the end of the war.” Negotiations.”
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