Elon Musk is pessimistic.
CEO of Tesla (TSLA) who is accustomed to flowery statements even when the odds are against him, seems, for once, that he has no solution to offer.
He seems to have given up.
This is a rarity for a tech king who likes to reiterate that his mission is to transform civilization as is the case with his various companies – Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company and Neuralink.
Faced with the skepticism of his critics, who see him as a paranoid president and as a reflection of an era dominated by social networks, Musk often stands his ground, insisting that the future will prove him right.
It is this stubbornness and standing alone against everything that millions of his fans love. That is why it is important to emphasize his pessimism.
But this time the billionaire seems to have given up. His illusions are gone. The eccentric businessman has just pointed out that the chances of peace between Russia and Ukraine are very slim.
‘with no goal’
In his view, it would not even be useful to speak personally with Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to negotiate a peace plan. For Musk, the Ukrainian and Russian demands are diametrically opposed. There is no point to start a dialogue.
It began with a message from a Twitter user asking Musk to confirm or deny a report that he had spoken to Putin before unveiling his peace plan on October 3, a plan widely criticized by Ukrainian authorities for reflecting Russian demands.
“Hi @elonmusk is that right?” asked a Twitter user, referring to an article Ian Bremmer, founder of the Eurasia Group, sent to subscribers.
In this article, Bremer claims that the billionaire personally told him that he had spoken to Putin. Putin told him he was “ready to negotiate,” if the Ukrainians recognized that Crimea, a Ukrainian region annexed by Russia in 2014, is Russian territory and agreed to observe some kind of neutrality in world affairs. Points in Musk’s plan.
The tech mogul replied, “No, it’s not.” I only spoke to Putin once and that was about 18 months ago. The topic was space.
That’s when his fans asked him, “Elon, would you be open to having a conversation with Putin again (if allowed, of course) and discussing possible options for a peace plan so the world can avoid another war on its way?”
Musk replied without hesitation: “In vain.” “Since there is currently no overlap between Russian and Ukrainian claims – this is not close.”
Bremer responded on Twitter after the billionaire’s denial: “I’ve always admired Musk as a one-of-a-kind world-changing entrepreneur, and I’ve said so publicly. He’s no expert on geopolitics.” “I’ve been writing my weekly newsletter on geopolitics for 24 years. I write honestly without fear or favour, and this week’s update was no different.”
He doubled down on his stance, saying: “Elon Musk told me that he spoke directly to Putin and the Kremlin about Ukraine. He also told me what the Kremlin’s red lines are.”
Musk replied, “No one should trust Bremer.”
The Eurasia Group is a type of geopolitical think tank that sends out a weekly newsletter to thousands of clients informing them of geopolitical risks around the world. It provides analyzes on various geopolitical issues, helping investors in their investment decisions.
Despite the feud between the billionaire and Bremer, Musk’s tone and words suggest depression. He had admitted on October 9 that he could not sleep because he was trying to find solutions to this war that could escalate into a nuclear conflict with disastrous consequences for Ukraine and the world. Putin has already threatened to resort to nuclear weapons.
US President Joe Biden and Musk seem convinced he is not kidding after the stubborn resistance of the Ukrainians who recaptured some of the cities lost by the Russians in the first months of their February 24 invasion.
The billionaire warned on October 9 that “the possibility of nuclear war is rising rapidly.”
The warning came three days after President Joe Biden warned of “Armageddon” amid nuclear threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We haven’t encountered the possibility of Armageddon since then [president John] Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” Biden said during a fundraiser in New York on October 6.
“We have a man” – Russian President Vladimir Putin – “I know fairly well. He is not joking when he talks about the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons.”