Russia is reportedly purchasing Starlink satellite Internet terminals in Arab countries, Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) reported, citing intercepted conversations among Russians, on Feb. 13.
In the recording published by HUR, two Russian individuals are heard discussing the possibility of procuring Starlink. One suggests ordering it.
“The Arabs are providing us with everything: wires, Wi-Fi, router,” he says, mentioning that the device’s cost is 200 thousand rubles (about $2,200).
Previously, the HUR stated that Starlink was being smuggled to Russians.
On Feb. 10, Ukrainian military outlet Militarny, citing an expert, reported that the Russian military began employing Starlink terminals at its positions, acquiring them through third-party countries.
SpaceX stated that the company does not engage in business with the Russian government or its armed forces. Its founder, Elon Musk, also adamantly denied selling Starlink terminals to Russia.
The use of American terminals by Russians was confirmed by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. HUR spokesman Andriy Yusov stated that this “is beginning to become systematic.”
According to him, the agency commenced efforts to neutralize the threat posed by Russian terminals.
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