In the midst of significant claims put forth by American author Walter Isaacson concerning tech visionary and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, regarding his stance on granting access to Kyiv for potential attacks on the Russian naval base in Sevastopol, the 52-year-old billionaire has issued a firm response clarifying his allegiance lies with the United States, and he is prepared to defend his nation.
Elon Musk took to the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, stating unequivocally that his loyalty is to the United States, and he stands ready to defend his homeland, even to the extent of making the ultimate sacrifice.
He asserted, "I am a citizen of the United States and have only that passport. No matter what happens, I will fight for and die in America." The international community was deeply stirred by Musk's decision to withhold access to the Starlink satellite service, as he expressed concerns that providing such a service to Ukraine for use against Russia could potentially escalate into a nuclear conflict.
Elaborating further on his stance, the tech mogul highlighted that since the U.S. Congress had not declared war on Russia, those who accused him of treason were misguided. In his words, "if anyone is treasonous, it is those who call me such.
Please tell them that very clearly."
Starlink's Peaceful Purpose
When questioned by Walter Isaacson, who penned the biography of the billionaire, about Musk's role in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Musk clarified that Starlink was designed for peaceful purposes, such as enabling people to access online education and entertainment, not for military operations.
Musk expressed his concern that Ukrainian attacks on Russian vessels might provoke the Kremlin into initiating a full-scale nuclear conflict. Starlink, a global network consisting of over 4,000 satellites serving more than 50 countries, played a vital role in facilitating communication during the Ukraine conflict.
Musk argued that Ukraine's actions were pushing the situation to the brink and risking strategic defeat. He warned, "I think if the Ukrainian attacks had succeeded in sinking the Russian fleet, it would have been like a mini Pearl Harbor and led to a major escalation." Regarding claims of an emergency request from Ukraine to activate Starlink in Sevastopol, Musk clarified that SpaceX had not deactivated anything because it had never been activated in those regions initially.
He stressed that agreeing to the request would have made SpaceX complicit in an act of war and escalation of conflict. In response to the book's revelations, Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, tweeted that if the claims were accurate, Elon Musk appeared to be the only rational mind in North America.
Elon Musk's past comments, including his proposal to recognize Crimea as part of Russia, have stirred controversy. Musk had urged for a truce, emphasizing that the lives of Ukrainians and Russians should not be sacrificed for the sake of territorial disputes.
In a strong retort, a top aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mikhail Podoliak, accused Musk of "committing evil" by not allowing Ukrainian drones to interfere with the Russian military fleet using Starlink, leading to attacks on Ukrainian cities.
Podoliak questioned those who defended such actions and asked if they realized they were endorsing and perpetuating evil. Elon Musk's stance in the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to be a subject of intense scrutiny and debate on the global stage.