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Putin Hails Musk as 'Outstanding Person,' Businessman

Putin Hails Musk as 'Outstanding Person,' Businessman
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the plenary meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum in the Primorsky region of Russia, Sept. 12, 2023 (Dmitry Azarov/AP)

Tuesday, 12 September 2023 12:19 PM EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday hailed South African-born businessman Elon Musk as an "outstanding person" and businessman whose SpaceX company had become a major player in the space transportation industry.

Putin's public praise of Musk comes days after the U.S.-based entrepreneur said he refused a Ukrainian request last year to activate his Starlink satellite network in Crimea's port city of Sevastopol to aid an attack on Russia's fleet there, saying he feared complicity in a "major" act of war.

Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev took to X earlier this month to laud Musk over that decision - which has been sharply criticized by Ukrainian politicians - as "the last adequate mind in North America."

Putin, speaking at an economic forum in Russia's far east, did not refer to the Starlink incident. But when asked about the success of Musk's SpaceX company in launching rockets into space, he said:

"As far as private business and Elon Musk is concerned... he is undoubtedly an outstanding person. This must be recognized, and I think it is recognized all over the world."

"He (Musk) is an active and talented businessman and he is succeeding a lot, including with the support of the American state," added Putin.

The Russian leader said Moscow planned to persevere with its own space program despite the failure of a mission to the Moon last month.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday hailed South African-born businessman Elon Musk as an "outstanding person" and businessman whose SpaceX company had become a major player in the space transportation industry.
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