Elon Musk denies bombshell report that he spoke to President Putin before tweeting his peace plan to end the war in Ukraine
Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk proposed a peace plan to bring an end to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine to avoid World War III and avert a nuclear war. It didn’t take long before the billionaire was attacked for his “Russia-Ukraine Peace.” Kiev’s ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk lashed out at Musk saying, “Fuck off is my very diplomatic reply to you.”
We now have more insight into what happened before Musk tweeted the peace proposal. According to reports from multiple news outlets, Musk spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin before tweeting his peace plan for the war in Ukraine.
In a report sent to Eurasia Group subscribers, Ian Bremmer wrote that Musk told him that President Putin was “prepared to negotiate” under the conditions that Crimea remains under Russian control, that Ukraine remained neutral, and that Russia’s annexations of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia were enforced, Vice reported.
According to Bremmer, Putin also told Musk that these were goals he’d accomplish “no matter what,” or else he would turn to “major escalation.”
In a poll titled, Ukraine-Russia Peace,” Musk asked over 100 million of his Twitter followers to vote on whether they think it’s a good idea or not, to propose a “redo” elections of the four annexed regions of eastern Ukraine which voted last week to be part of the Russian Federation. In addition, Musk also said that the peace deal would also be conditioned on Ukraine remaining neutral and not becoming a future member of NATO.
– Redo elections of annexed regions under UN supervision. Russia leaves if that is will of the people.
– Crimea formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake).
– Water supply to Crimea assured.
– Ukraine remains neutral.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 3, 2022
About an hour after the tweet went live, the majority of Musk fans voted Yes in favor of peace. But it didn’t take long before Musk started to receive angry responses from pundits, politicians, government officials, Blue-check mark gatekeepers, journalists, bots, pundits, and even bots.
Update (2:10 PM EST): Elon Musk is now saying the report is not true. Musk said he did not speak with President Putin before sharing his peace plan. When asked financial market strategist and the founder of NorthmanTrader. Sven Henrich asked Musk if the report was true, Musk replied:
“No, it is not. I have spoken to Putin only once and that was about 18 months ago. The subject matter was space.”
No, it is not. I have spoken to Putin only once and that was about 18 months ago. The subject matter was space.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 11, 2022