Putin has showered Elon Musk with praise after it was alleged that Musk had denied Ukraine’s use of his Starlink satellite network, preventing the country from performing a surprise military attack on Russia that could have turned the war in Ukraine’s favor months ago.
Putin’s Surprising Praise for Elon Musk
Vladimir Putin praised Elon Musk, hailing him as an “outstanding person” and a remarkable businessman.
But what did Musk do to deserve such high praise?
A Curious Compliment
The Russian leader’s commendation comes on the heels of Elon Musk’s alleged decision to deny Ukraine the use of Starlink internet for a potential surprise attack on Russian forces in Crimea.
Musk’s Stand Against War
Elon Musk’s refusal to support Ukraine stemmed from his unwillingness to be complicit in what he deemed a “major” act of war—a stance that didn’t sit well with Ukraine’s leadership.
Putin’s Silence on the Incident
During an economic forum in Vladivostok, Putin remained tight-lipped about the Starlink incident but instead chose to praise Musk’s SpaceX for its rocket launching successes.
A Global Recognition for Musk
Putin acknowledged Musk’s status as an exceptional figure, saying that his talent and success are widely recognized worldwide.
Musk’s Business Acumen
The Russian leader described Elon Musk as an active and talented businessman who has achieved significant milestones, often with the support of the American state.
Musk’s Denial of Putin Talks
Last October, Elon Musk denied reports suggesting that he had spoken to Putin about Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine.
Musk’s Alleged Chat With Putin
Ian Bremmer, the head of the Eurasia Group political risk consultancy, had alleged that Musk personally discussed matters with Putin, a claim Musk refuted.
Musk’s Limited Interaction With Putin
Musk clarified that he had spoken to Putin only once, around 18 months ago, and the discussion had centered on space-related topics.
Musk’s Public Appeal for Peace
In the same month, Elon Musk turned to social media to involve his followers in voting on potential solutions to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, but his suggestions were controversial.
Musk’s Unconventional Suggestions
Musk’s suggestions included holding votes in Russian-annexed areas of Ukraine—a proposal that found favor with the Kremlin, potentially due to his links with election fraud.
(Russia has engaged in a systematic genocide of the Ukrainian people in the territories it has occupied, including murdering civilians, kidnapping children, and forcibly relocating Ukrainian citizens to the far reaches of Russia, while simultaneously replacing the “missing” Ukrainians with Russian citizens.)
The Crimea Recognition Proposal
Another unconventional idea from Musk was the formal recognition of Crimea as part of Russia, a region that had been illegally occupied by Moscow in 2014, essentially bowing down to a war crime.
In response to Musk’s actions, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky initiated his own poll, seeking public opinion on whether Musk’s support for Ukraine made him more likable as the world’s richest person.
A Surprising Turn of Events
The unfolding dynamics between Elon Musk, Vladimir Putin, and Ukraine’s leadership have taken a series of unexpected twists and turns.
The Power of Social Media
For the first time, social media platforms have played a significant role in shaping public opinion on sensitive geopolitical matters.
A Global Audience Watches
The world watches as these powerful figures show their strained relationships online while two countries are at war.
Stay Tuned for Updates
With the situation evolving, stay tuned for further developments involving one of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs and political leaders.
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