Elon Musk denies he spoke with Putin before tweeting about a Ukraine peace deal

New York: Elon Musk denied a report that said he spoke directly with Vladimir Putin about Ukraine.

Ian Bremmer, head of political-risk consultancy Eurasia Group, wrote in a note to clients on Monday that Musk told him about recently speaking with the Russian president.

Bremmer said that conversation came before a series of Musk tweets urging Ukraine to seek a negotiated solution to the invasion by Russia and to cede Crimea for good.

Vladimir Putin and Elon Musk.Credit:The Age

Musk said in a tweet on Tuesday that he didn’t speak with Putin about the war, adding that a call would be would be “pointless, as there is currently no overlap between Russian and Ukrainian demands – it’s not even close”.

Eurasia Group’s weekly note authored by Bremmer is distributed to thousands of individual and corporate clients, including macro hedge funds, family offices and global corporations. The firm dispenses political-risk analysis gathered by a global network of consultants.

Bremmer shared in his most recent note that Musk had told him about two weeks earlier that he had discussed with Putin the president’s requirements for ending the war.

Those conditions, which mirrored the proposals Musk put forward in his tweets on October 3, included Ukraine ceding Crimea, accepting a formal state of neutrality and recognising Russia’s annexation of Luhansk and Donetsk.

Musk’s Ukraine tweets are what prompted Bremmer to come forward, he said in his note.

“I wasn’t planning on writing about this,” he wrote. But “it feels important to write about what’s happening.”

Bremmer didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A Eurasia Group spokesman declined to elaborate beyond the note.


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