EU plans to pay to provide Elon Musk’s internet service to Ukrainians

The European Union could decide to secure this essential tool for the Ukrainians, so as to no longer depend on the sole will of Elon Musk.

Who will pay for Starlink? A question that is debated on both sides of the Atlantic, after the contradictory messages of Elon Musk, boss of SpaceX, the company which provides this very high speed Internet connection service by satellite. Proposed to the Ukrainian army to compensate for the lack of telecom infrastructure destroyed during the war against Russia, the Starlink service will cost several hundred million euros over the next few months. A price that could – at least in part – pay the European Union, reports the media Politico.

Contractual agreement

On October 14, CNN revealed a letter from SpaceX, addressed to the Pentagon, so that the American authorities put their hands in their pockets to finance the sending of Starlink satellite dishes and the monthly price of the service, instead of the company. . Faced with the outcry caused by this request, Elon Musk finally promised that SpaceX would finance the operation with its own funds. But for the EU, depending on the goodwill of one man is too risky.

With Politico, the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis assures that the subject of the financing of Starlink in Ukraine was discussed during the meeting of the 27 Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU, this Monday, October 17.

“I think it’s probably best to have a contractual agreement between a coalition of countries […] and Starlink, in order to provide service to Ukrainians over the long term,” said Gabrielius Landsbergis.

He also believes that such a crucial tool for Ukrainians cannot depend on the will of a “super powerful” individual who could change his mind overnight.

The member of the Lithuanian government ensures that the subject was raised by Josep Borrell, the head of diplomacy of the European Union. For the time being, no information has been revealed concerning a potential list of European countries concerned or on the part of Starlink’s financing that the European Union could support.

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