Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the famous businessman from the United States (US), Elon Musk. This happened after Musk canceled the Starlink network system for Ukraine, which is at war with Moscow.
Putin made these comments at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, Tuesday (12/9/2023), when he spoke about Russia’s space program. He appreciated the innovations carried out by Musk, such as the development of the SpaceX space project.
“Elon Musk… is undoubtedly an extraordinary person. That must be recognized. I think the whole world recognizes it. He is an active and talented businessman,” Putin said, according to a translation Reuterswhich is quoted CNBC International.
Putin said Musk was doing business with the support of the US state. He said he would provide similar support for private businesses in his country.
The comments came after Russia’s first space launch to the moon in nearly 50 years failed after the Luna-25 lander crashed onto the lunar surface.
The failure was seen as a major setback for Russia’s space program. The reason is, just a few days before, India succeeded in landing its first spacecraft on the moon.
On the other hand, Musk said last week that he rejected the Ukrainian government’s emergency request to extend the reach of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite to Sevastopol in Crimea. This is a region annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014.
In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Musk said that if he agreed to the request “then SpaceX would explicitly engage in a major act of war and escalation of conflict.”
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