Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responded to Russian threats over the Starlink satellite internet stations he has provided to Ukraine with a cryptic tweet, saying that “it’s been nice knowin ya” should he mysteriously die.
Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, threatened Musk for “supplying the fascist forces in Ukraine with military communications. And for this, Elon, you will be held accountable like an adult — no matter how much you'll play the fool."
In a series of tweets that included photos of Rogozin’s original Telegram message in Russian and then translated into English, Musk responded, “The word ‘Nazi’ doesn’t mean what [Rogozin] seems to think it does.”
The word “Nazi” doesn’t mean what he seems to think it does pic.twitter.com/pk9SQhBOsG— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2022
Musk, who is in the process of purchasing Twitter, then added: “If I die under mysterious circumstances, it's been nice knowin ya.”
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Many of Musk’s fans, including his mother, responded.
Sorry! I will do my best to stay alive.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2022
“That’s not funny,” Maye Musk tweeted back with two angry emojis.
Musk replied, “Sorry! I will do my best to stay alive.”
This is not the first of Rogozin’s spats toward Musk since the war in Ukraine began. Rogozin called Musk a “little devil” after the SpaceX CEO challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to “single combat.”
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The SpaceX Starlink satellite system has been credited with giving Ukrainian forces the upper hand in drone warfare as the country attempts to defend against Russia.