The much-ballyhooed public invitation from Elon Musk to Russian President Vladimir Putin for a conversation on the Clubhouse app has come to naught, with the Kremlin blaming the Tesla TSLA CEO for dropping the proverbial ball.
Hey, Vlad, How Goes It? The unlikely pairing of the rambunctious Silicon Valley billionaire and the taciturn Russian leader began on Feb. 13 when Musk sent English- and Russian-language tweets to the Twitter TWTR account for Putin’s office asking: “@KremlinRussia_E would you like join me for a conversation on Clubhouse?”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledged Musk’s invitation during a conference call with reporters.
“It’s undoubtedly a very interesting offer,” Peskov said. “But we need to know what he means, what’s he’s proposing … We’ll check it out first and then we’ll respond.”
Peskov added that Putin did not personally respond because he does not use social media, but he did not state if anyone in the Kremlin uses the invitation-only Clubhouse app.
Disconnected: According to a Bloomberg report, Peskov was asked about Musk’s invitation Tuesday morning in another conference call with reporters, and he said Musk never responded to a follow-up query on what a Putin appearance on Clubhouse would entail.
“Apparently there was some kind of misunderstanding,” Peskov told reporters. “Most likely, this matter is exhausted.”
For his part, Musk did not publicly comment on the matter. Instead, he focused on cryptic tweets including “Green eggs & SPAC” and “New drug coming out called Regretamine. Pop one & all regrets are gone.”
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