Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made a grim prediction about the escalating violence in Ukraine, saying Vladimir Putin could soon be preparing for nuclear warfare after he allegedly spoke to the Russian President.
His doomsday musings came after he shared a poll on Twitter at the start of the month, proposing what he thinks is a good plan to restore peace in Ukraine.
His plan included Ukraine acquiescing the peninsula of Crimea to Russia, the re-doing of elections in annexed regions under UN supervision where "Russia leaves if that is will of the people".
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He added in a later tweet that "a possible, albeit unlikely, outcome from this conflict is nuclear war".
Musk's overly simplistic plan was voted down and a day after the tweets on October 4, Newsweek ran an opinion piece by podcaster David Sacks, who protected Musk.
Sacks wrote the billionaire was rounded upon by "the Twitter mob that has formed to police the discourse on all things related to Ukraine".
And today, October 17, Musk quote tweeted the story, saying that it was "exceptionally well-said", before being asked if he thought there was a possibility of a nuclear war or World War Three.
He responded: "If Russia is faced with the choice of losing Crimea or using battlefield nukes, they will choose the latter. We’ve already sanctioned/cutoff Russia in every possible way, so what more do they have left to lose?
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"If we nuke Russia back, they will nuke us and then we have WW3."
It comes after claims Musk spoke directly to Putin before tweeting his peace proposal. Musk denies this.
"I have spoken to Putin only once and that was about 18 months ago. The subject matter was space," he said.
But a report written by Ian Bremmer claims they talked war. Bremmer wrote: “Elon Musk told me he had spoken with Putin and the Kremlin directly about Ukraine. He also told me what the Kremlin’s red lines were."
Bremmer's weekly newsletter about geopolitics, which he's been writing for 24 years, was where he made the initial claim and said he did so “honestly without fear or favour and this week’s update was no different”.
He added: “I’ve long admired Musk as a unique and world-changing entrepreneur, which I've said publicly. He's not a geopolitics expert.”
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