Elon Musk Spoke To Putin Before Tweeting Ukraine 'Peace Plan'
Elon Musk spoke directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin before tweeting a proposal to end the war in Ukraine that would have seen territory permanently ceded to Russia as Putin desired, Matthew Champion reported for Vice News.
Photo Insert: Last week, Musk posted essentially the same points on Twitter, although he suggested that the referendums in the annexed territories slammed as sham votes by Ukraine and the West be redone under supervision by the United Nations.
In a mailout sent to Eurasia Group subscribers, Ian Bremmer wrote that Tesla CEO Musk told him that Putin was “prepared to negotiate,” but only if Crimea remained Russian if Ukraine accepted a form of permanent neutrality and Ukraine recognized Russia’s annexation of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia.
According to Bremmer, Musk said Putin told him these goals would be accomplished “no matter what,” including the potential of a nuclear strike if Ukraine invaded Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. Bremmer wrote that Musk told him that “everything needed to be done to avoid that outcome.”
Last week, Musk posted essentially the same points on Twitter, although he suggested that the referendums in the annexed territories slammed as sham votes by Ukraine and the West be redone under supervision by the United Nations.
But Musk's plan has not been well received in Kyiv, with many officials saying it would amount to capitulation to Russia.
"The only outcome is that now no Ukrainian will EVER buy your f...ing tesla crap. So good luck to you," Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk wrote to Musk on Twitter. "F*ck off is my very diplomatic reply to you," Brad Reed reported for Raw Story.
In a bid to capture media attention, Musk earlier this year challenged Putin to single combat. He became popular in Ukraine in the early stages of the war by dispatching his Starlink internet terminals to keep the country’s military connected after Russia’s invasion.
Bremmer wrote that Musk said he had refused a Ukrainian request to activate Starlink in Crimea.
According to UK newspaper the Financial Times, Ukrainian forces have reported connectivity issues as they continue their counteroffensive into areas previously held by Russian forces in the east and northeast of the country.
Musk responded by criticizing the FT’s reporting, saying that what happens on the battlefield is “classified.”