Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday criticized a controversial peace plan proposal put forward by US billionaire Elon Musk to end Russia’s assault on Ukraine, and invited him to come to his war-torn country.
Elon Musk sparked controversy on Twitter in October with a proposed peace plan between Kyiv and Moscow.
The American billionaire suggested, in particular, that Crimea remain an integral part of Russia, but also organize new referendums under UN supervision in the Ukrainian regions “annexed” by the Russians, and establish a neutral state for Ukraine.
At an event hosted by The New York Times, President Zelensky appeared to mock the billionaire dissident’s proposal, saying he should come to Ukraine instead.
“I think someone has an influence on him or he’s drawing conclusions on his own,” Zelensky said in a video conference for the New York Times DealBook, referring to Elon Musk.
“If you want to understand what Russia has done here, come to Ukraine and see everything for yourself,” Zelensky said. And then you will tell me how to end this war, who started it and when it can be ended. »
In October, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX launched a poll to allow more than 100 million subscribers to vote on his proposed peace plan.
Zelensky responded with his own Twitter poll, asking: “Which @elonmusk do you like best?” with the options “Who supports Ukraine” and “Who supports Russia”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, claiming that the purpose of the attack was to “de-honor” the pro-Western country.
He called on Ukraine to stop hostilities and negotiate after ordering a partial mobilization to reinforce its forces on the ground.
President Zelensky said he would never negotiate with Russia while Putin was in power.