Kremlin happy with Elon Musk proposal for Ukraine settlement

The Kremlin praised Tesla boss Elon Musk on Tuesday for suggesting a possible peace deal to end the war in Ukraine, after Kyiv rebuked Musk for proposing terms it views as rewarding Russia.

“It is very positive that somebody like Elon Musk is looking for a peaceful way out of this situation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a conference call.

“Compared to many professional diplomats, Musk is still searching for ways to achieve peace. And achieving peace without fulfilling Russia’s conditions is absolutely impossible,” he added.

In a Twitter poll posted on Monday, the Tesla boss proposed Ukraine permanently cede Crimea to Russia, that new referendums be held under U.N. auspices to determine the fate of Russian-controlled territory, and that Ukraine agree to neutrality.

Kyiv says it will never agree to cede land taken by force, and lawful referendums cannot be held in occupied territory where many people have been killed or driven out. After Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four Ukrainian provinces last week, Kyiv said it was applying to join NATO, and would not negotiate with Russia as long as Putin is president.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy responded to Musk’s proposal with his own Twitter poll asking: “Which @elonmusk do you like more? One who supports Ukraine (or) one who supports Russia.”

As of 1030 GMT on Tuesday, Musk’s original poll had garnered more than 2.5 million votes, with some 60% opposed to the plan.

Moscow had always been open to a negotiated end to the conflict, Peskov added. He criticised a new Ukrainian decree, signed by Zelenskiy on Tuesday, which says Kyiv will not negotiate directly with Putin for an end to the conflict.

Peskov said on Tuesday that “bots” – phoney twitter accounts – were “actively participating in the voting”. He provided no evidence.


  • On Monday night, Elon Musk posted a survey on Twitter, in which he proposed the option of peace between Ukraine and Russia. In his opinion, in order to end the war, it is necessary to give Crimea to Russia, and Ukraine should not join NATO.
  • In response to Musk’s scandalous Twitter polls, President Vladimir Putin Zelenskyy tweeted his own poll, offering people to vote which Musk they liked better – the one supporting Ukraine or the one standing with Russia.
  • Musk replied to Zelensky that he supports Ukraine.


Arab Observer

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