Elon Musk is denying he had direct discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin just before tweeting his infamous peace proposal for Ukraine, that ended up being poorly received by his followers and particularly Ukraine government officials.
Ian Bremmer, a foreign policy analyst and founder of consultancy company Eurasia Group told his clients in a note that Musk allegedly spoke with Putin regarding a potential pro-Russian pease plan that would include Ukraine accepting Moscow’s annexations of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, prior to touting it on social media. As per the supposed talks, Putin relayed to Musk that Ukraine must also agree to not join NATO, as well as refrain from attempting to retake Crimea.
In the supposed discussion, Putin told Musk that Russia “is prepared to negotiate” a truce, but nonetheless was going to achieve the three objectives “no matter what,” even if it means launching a nuclear strike on Ukraine. Bremmer claimed that Musk agreed with Putin, telling the Russian president that “everything needed to be done” to avoid such an outcome, thus why he touted the peace plan to his Twitter followers. The controversial peace settlement was not well-received by pro-Ukraine officials, with Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk telling the Tesla CEO how he really feels about the proposal.
Musk, however, is denying Bremmer’s allegations, tweeting on Tuesday that no such discussions with Putin were held, aside from one phone call 18 months ago that only related to topics surrounding space. The Tesla CEO added that such talks regarding peace between Russia and Ukraine would be “pointless” given that “there is currently no overlap between Russian and Ukrainian demands— not even close.”
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