Washington: Tesla’s Chief Executive Officer(CEO) Elon Musk spoke directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin before presenting a peace proposal on Twitter to end the ongoing war in Ukraine, according to a report published by VICE News.
The world’s richest man last week drew backlash from Ukrainian officials, including Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky for his tweets advising how to bring about “peace” amid the war between Moscow and Kyiv.
Elon Musk through his official Twitter handle tried out a Twitter poll to end the Russian actions in Ukraine. Tesla CEO floated a number of ideas to solve the conflict, asking his followers to vote “yes” or “no” on his proposals, which included formally allowing Russia to annex Crimea.
“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 recognised Russia’s annexation of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia,” the Vice report said.
As per Bremmer, Musk said Putin told him these goals would be accomplished at any cost and even at the potential risk of a nuclear strike if Ukraine invaded Crimea. He wrote that Tesla CEO told him that “everything needed to be done to avoid that outcome.”
Earlier, irked over the billionaire’s comments, Ukrainian former Ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk had lashed out at Musk.
“F*** off is my very diplomatic reply to you,” Melnyk said in a Tweet. “The only outcome that now no Ukrainian will EVER buy your f***ing tesla crap. So good luck to you,” he said in another tweet.
Russian President Vladimir Putin last week formally announced the annexation of four regions – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia and claimed that “this is the will of millions of people.”
On February 24, Russia began a special military operation in Ukraine after the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics requested help in defending themselves. What followed the military operation was a slew of sanctions imposed by the western countries targeting the Russian economy.