Kremlin welcomes Musk’s bid for peace deal with Ukraine

The Kremlin hailed US billionaire Elon Musk’s attempt to come up with a peace plan to end Russia’s war in Ukraine, calling it a “very positive” sign on Tuesday.

The richest man in the world describe his proposed peace deal to his 107 million Twitter followers on Monday. His terms drew strong reactions from Ukraine and the West, who said the potential deal heavily favored Moscow.

“We consider it very positive that a man like Musk is looking for a peaceful way out of the situation around Ukraine,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to Interfax.

The Tesla and SpaceX founder has proposed rerunning last week’s referendums in four Moscow-occupied regions of Ukraine that were widely seen as shams, as well as recognizing the annexed Crimean peninsula as part of Russia.

“Achieving peace without fulfilling Russia’s terms is absolutely impossible. There are many ideas there that deserve attention,” Peskov said of Musk’s peace plan.

While the Kremlin rejected Musk’s idea of ​​holding the referendums a second time under UN observation, Peskov praised him for trying to broker peace, unlike many professional diplomats.

“Today the President will sign decrees, and this will become the territory of the Russian Federation. But I repeat once again, the fact in itself is very positive, when people like this try to think logically to what could be done to establish peace,” Peskov added.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky responded to Musk’s tweet by asking his followers: “Which @elonmusk do you like the most? with the options “Whoever supports Ukraine” and “Whoever supports Russia”.

The wartime president then promised that Kyiv would never negotiate with Russia as long as President Vladimir Putin remained in power, a vow the Kremlin criticized as an obstacle to peace.

“All these proposals, even from those who have the wisdom to think about them, fail after Zelensky’s decision that it is impossible to continue negotiations with President Putin,” Peskov said.

Musk, who has in the past made overtures to Putin and argued on social media with the Russian space chief, tweeted in March that he was challenging the Russian president to “single combat”, with the Ukraine as a prize.

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