ELON MUSK spoke directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin months before he tweeted about a peace deal that would see Ukraine cede territory.
In a mail to Eurasia Group subscribers, political scientist Ian Bremmer claimed that Tesla’s CEO told him he had spoken to Putin about the invasion of Ukraine.
Musk has said that the Russian leader is only “ready to negotiate” if Crimea officially becomes part of Russia, Bremmer claimed.
However, Musk has denied the allegations.
He insists that although he spoke to Putin, the conversation took place before the invasion and that their only topic was space.
“I only spoke to Putin once, and that was about 18 months ago. The theme was outer space,” Musk wrote in response to the Vice story.
On Oct. 3, Musk tweeted proposed terms of a Russian peace deal that included “repeating elections in annexed regions under UN supervision,” with the understanding that Russia would leave if it was “the will of the people.”
Musk also suggested that Crimea, which was annexed in 2014, would “formally be part of Russia as it had been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake)” and the region’s water supply would be “secured.”
Ukraine would remain neutral on Musk’s terms.
“Obviously we are for Ukraine. Attempting to retake Crimea will result in massive casualties, likely to fail, and risk nuclear war. That would be awful for Ukraine and the planet,” Musk tweeted on the same day.
The tweet was accompanied by a poll showing nearly 60 percent of respondents disagreed with Musk’s proposal.
In response to Musk, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also released a poll asking “which Elon Musk” people liked better, one who supports Russia or one who supports Ukraine.
Almost 80 percent of respondents supported Ukraine.
“F*** off is my very diplomatic reply to you,” Ukrainian diplomat Andriy Melnyk shot back at Musk.
Vice reports that Bremmer says Musk said Putin told him his intended goals would be carried out “no matter what,” including a possible nuclear strike if Ukraine invaded Crimea.
Musk reportedly told Bremmer to “do whatever needs to be done” to avoid a nuclear incident, Vice said.
“I have no desire to get involved in wars, but it’s safe to say all bets will be off when nuclear weapons start flying,” Musk tweeted Oct. 9.
In March, Musk challenged Putin to a duel on Twitter and last week said he spoke to Putin last year.
According to Vice, Musk sent Starlink internet terminals to Ukraine to ensure the military has Wi-Fi.
“There are approximately 25,000 terminals in Ukraine, but each terminal can be used to provide an internet uplink to a cell tower, potentially allowing several thousand people to be served from a single terminal,” Musk also tweeted last week.
Bremmer said Musk refused to enable this in Crimea.
When asked on Oct. 7 if he had been in touch with “someone else who was involved in this war,” Musk replied on Twitter that he was in touch with “quite a lot.”
“Trying to do the right thing, which isn’t always clear,” he said.
The US Sun has reached out to Tesla officials for comment.
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