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Newsline: Armchair diplomacy of Elon Musk gets very diplomatic reply from Ukrainian diplomat

Elon Musk tried his hand at some armchair diplomacy by proposing a compromise that would end the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He only sparked outrage among Twitter users who did not take too kindly to suggestions that Kyiv should give up territory to the Kremlin. The Tesla CEO posted a “Yes, No” survey on his Twitter feed which included his own ideas for how to end the impasse in Eastern Europe, which has dragged on for some six months and has destabilized oil markets. Musk called for a “redo” of “elections of annexed regions under UN supervision.” “Russia leaves if that is [the] will of the people,” the world’s richest man tweeted. “F— off is my very diplomatic reply,” tweeted Ukrainian diplomat Andrij Melnyk. (https://nypost.com/2022/10/03/elon-musks-peace-proposal-to-end-russia-ukraine-war-sparks-outrage/) Musk then waded into the controversial issue of the future of Crimea, calling for the region to become “formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake).” The tech mogul made reference to the late Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev’s decision in 1954 to “gift” the people of Ukraine the Crimea region in order to mark the 300th anniversary of Ukraine’s merger with the Russian empire.

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