Elon Musk denied a report that he spoke directly with Vladimir Putin about Ukraine.
Ian Bremmer, head of political risk consulting firm Eurasia Group, wrote in a note to clients on Monday that Musk told him about his recent conversation with the Russian president. Bremmer said that the conversation took place before series Musk’s tweets urged Ukraine to find a negotiated solution to Russia’s invasion and ceding Crimea as well.
Musk said in a tweet Tuesday that he has not spoken to Putin about the war, adding that such an appeal would be “nonsense, as there is currently no overlap between the Russian and Ukrainian claims.” – it’s not even tight.”
Bremmer replied on Twitter Hours later, Musk told him that he had spoken to Putin.
“I write honestly without fear or favor and this week’s update is no different,” Bremmer said. “I have long admired Musk as a unique and world-changing entrepreneur, which I have said publicly. He is not a geopolitical expert.”
Minutes later, Musk replied: “No one should believe Bremmer.”
The Eurasia Group Weekly Notes authored by Bremmer are distributed to thousands of individual and corporate clients, including hedge funds, family offices and global corporations. The company provides political risk analysis gathered by a global network of consultants.
In his most recent note, Bremmer said Musk had told him about two weeks earlier that he had discussed with Putin the minimum presidential requirements to end the war. Those conditions, which mirror the proposals Musk made in his tweets on October 3, include Ukraine ceding Crimea, accepting a formal neutrality, and recognizing Russia’s annexation of Luhansk. and Donetsk.
The parameters are in line with what Russia has repeatedly said are some of its demands for an end to the invasion, which began in February.
Musk’s tweets about Ukraine are what pushed Bremmer forward, he said in his note.
“I am not going to write about this,” he wrote. But “it’s important to write about what’s going on.”
Bremmer did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for Eurasia Group declined to disclose further details.
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