On Twitter, Elon Musk improvises himself as an expert in geopolitics… to the delight of Moscow and Beijing

Elon Musk, in August 2022.

Twitter hasn’t done everything badly in recent years: the social network that Elon Musk ultimately intends to buy has increased the length of these tweets from 140 to 280 characters. Plenty of space to craft a Russia-Ukraine peace plan, apparently, for the Tesla and SpaceX boss.

The billionaire posted a tweet in the form of a pollthe 3rd of October :

“Peace Ukraine-Russia:

Redo the elections of the annexed regions under the supervision of the UN. Russia leaves if that is the will of the people.

Crimea is officially part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until the error of [Nikita] Khrushchev).

Crimean water supply assured.

Ukraine remains neutral.

Yes No. »

Of the 2,748,378 Internet users who participated in the vote, 40.9% said yes, 59.1% said no, and the affair ignited. It was not to the liking of the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, who tweeted in response: “Which Elon Musk do you prefer: the one who supports Ukraine? The one who supports Russia? » Traffic jam on Twitter, with 2,431,641 voters, 78.8% of whom prefer the pro-Ukrainian Musk, the one who notably provides Starlink Internet relays to help the Ukrainian defense.

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Elon Musk believes that it only states simple ideas: “It’s highly likely that’s the end result – just a matter of how many people die first. » Then warns: “It should also be noted that a possible, albeit unlikely, outcome of this conflict is nuclear war. “I’m a big fan of Ukraine, but not of World War III”added the richest man in the world (200 billion dollars of fortune approximately).

China’s ambassador to Washington thanks Musk

The affair escalated a little more on October 11 with political scientist Ian Bremmer’s tweet, boss of the geopolitical think tank Eurasia Group: “Elon Musk told me he spoke directly with [Vladimir] Putin and the Kremlin of Ukraine. He also told me what the Kremlin red lines wereMr. Bremmer tweeted. I have long admired Musk as a unique, world-changing entrepreneur, which I have said publicly. He is not an expert in geopolitics. »

Elon Musk gets annoyed, denies. ” No, this is not the case. I only spoke to [Vladimir] Putin only once and that was about eighteen months ago. The subject was space. » He attacks the political scientist“no one should trust Bremmer” – and posts a hijacked photo of OJ Simpson’s legendary 1994 chase become an image of him “trying to escape the mainstream media” – very Trumpist terminology.

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