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Newsline: Twitter becomes Elon Musk’s vehicle of freelance diplomacy

As Elon Musk completed his $44bn takeover of Twitter, the self-appointed “Chief Twit” had already used the platform to venture into geopolitics. Musk’s recent foray into global diplomacy saw him draw the wrath of Ukrainians for tweets urging Ukraine to seek a negotiated solution to Russia’s invasion and relinquish control of Crimea. The poll suggesting measures to solve the heightening situation in Ukraine earned a swift rebuke from President Volodymyr Zelensky. “Which @elonmusk do you like more?” he wrote along with the options: “One who supports Ukraine” and “one who supports Russia.” But whatever politicians think about Musk’s freelance diplomacy, the negotiated settlement apparently remains the only viable solution to end the Ukrainian conflict.

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