Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin before tweeting a peace proposal to end Ukraine’s ongoing war , According to a report published by VICE News.
The world’s richest man faced a backlash from Ukrainian officials last week, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, for suggesting on Twitter how to achieve “peace” in the war between Moscow and Kyiv.
Elon Musk has tried a Twitter poll via his official Twitter handle to end Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The Tesla CEO floated some ideas for resolving the conflict, asking his followers to vote “yes” or “no” on his proposals, which include formally allowing Russia to annex Crimea.
“In an email to Eurasia Group subscribers, Ian Bremmer wrote that Tesla CEO Elon Musk told him that Putin was ‘ready to negotiate,’ but only if Crimea remained Russian, provided that Ukraine accepts some form of permanent neutrality, and Ukraine recognizes Russia’s annexation of Luhansk., Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozhye,” the deputy report said.
According to Bremer, Musk said Putin told him that those goals would be achieved at all costs, and even risk a nuclear strike if Ukraine invaded Crimea. He wrote that the Tesla CEO told him that “everything needs to be done to avoid this outcome.”
Earlier, Andrij Melnyk, the former Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, annoyed at the billionaire’s remarks, lashed out at Musk.
“Fuck my very diplomatic reply to you,” Melnick said in a tweet. “The only result is that now no Ukrainian will buy your fucking Tesla crap. Good luck,” he said in another tweet.
Russian President Vladimir Putin last week formally announced the annexation of four regions – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye, claiming “this is the will of millions”.
On February 24, Russia began a special military operation in Ukraine after the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics requested help in self-defense. The military action was followed by a series of sanctions imposed by Western countries on the Russian economy.
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