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Musk's SpaceX could block Taiwan's internet, breaking US agreement: WSJ

Musk's SpaceX could block Taiwan's internet, breaking US agreement: WSJ Photo: Elon Musk (Getty Images)

The American company SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, may have blocked satellite internet in Taiwan. This constitutes a breach of agreement with the US government, reports The Wall Street Journal.

American Congressman Mike Gallagher has sent a letter to Elon Musk, as sources informed the committee he chairs that satellite internet is inactive in Taiwan.

"SpaceX may be withholding satellite internet in and around Taiwan, in potential violation of contractual obligations with the U.S. government," Gallagher wrote in the letter, obtained by WSJ.

The congressman expressed concern, including for US military personnel in the event of "Chinese military aggression against Taiwan."

According to the publication, Taiwan utilizes SpaceX's Starshield military satellites, which provide services to intelligence and military agencies.

The US government has invested over $100 million in this project. The congressman demands information on the satellite operations by March 8.

Russia using Starlink in war

American outlet Defense One recently reported that Russia is using SpaceX's Starlink satellite devices on the frontlines in Ukraine.

Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, confirmed to RBC-Ukraine that cases of the Russian military using Starlink had been documented. According to him, this is becoming systematic.

SpaceX owner Elon Musk stated that devices were not sold to Russia. Currently, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are working on neutralizing the threat posed by Starlink on the frontline, and the Ministry of Digital Transformation has offered Musk a solution to locate Starlink.