Garry Kasparov previously condemned the SpaceX CEO for trying to encourage peace talks
Elon Musk called Garry Kasparov “an idiotafter the chess grandmaster and former Russian opposition activist condemned the Tesla CEO’s peace plan for Ukraine. Kasparov had claimed that fighting Moscow was worth the risk of nuclear war.
Speaking to CNBC on Monday, Kasparov condemned “people sitting in the comfort of their Silicon Valley mansions telling Ukraine how to behave [its] own affairs, specifying a moment later that he was referring to “many” people, “starting with Elon Musk.”
Kasparov, who left Russia nearly a decade ago, told the US broadcaster that calls for a negotiated settlement of the Ukraine conflict are “moral idiocy”.
Recognizing that “Yes, there is a potential threat of nuclear war” Kasparov argued that the West should nevertheless refuse to accept any peace agreement between Moscow and Kyiv.
If it’s true that Kasparov is almost as good at playing chess as my iPhone, he’s otherwise an idiot
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 24, 2022
Posting to Twitter shortly after the interview, Musk dismissed Kasparov’s argument. “Although it is true that Kasparov plays chess almost as well as my iPhone”, the billionaire wrote, “He’s an idiot otherwise.”
“I don’t even own a house, let alone a ‘mansion,’ you moron,” he added.
Musk and Kasparov have fought before. The former world chess champion accused Musk of spreading “Kremlin Propaganda” earlier this month, after tycoon Tesla suggested that Ukraine give up its claim to Russian territory of Crimea in exchange for peace with Moscow. Under Musk’s plan, referendums would again be held in four territories that recently voted to join Russia, this time under UN supervision.
At the time, Musk reminded Kasparov that SpaceX had donated $80 million worth of Starlink internet terminals to Ukraine, asking Kasparov what he had done. “in addition to tweeting.”
Musk would later threaten to remove Starlink access from Ukraine unless the US government takes the tab, before backtracking and agreeing to continue providing the service for free.