Elon Musk challenges Vladimir Putin “in a man-to-man fight”, with Ukraine as the stake

“I challenge Vladimir Putin in a man-to-man fight. The whimsical billionaire Elon Musk challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday March 14 on Twitter. The challenge ? Ukraine, the scene of an offensive by the Russian army for nearly three weeks.

“Do you accept this fight?”asked the founder of space company SpaceX, this time writing in Russian, addressing the official Kremlin Twitter account. Without however specifying the form that this duel would take.

And, faced with the incomprehension of a surfer, Elon Musk assured that he was “completely serious”.

“Invited” to train in Chechnya

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, a fervent supporter of the Russian president and a great fan of martial arts, recommended to the billionaire not to “fight Putin” because of their “too different weight categories”.

“It will not be very sporting for Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin) to beat a weaker opponent”he assured on his Telegram account, offering Elon Musk to come “training in several centers in the Republic of Chechnya”.

“Here, we’ll tell you more about your obscure American methods of PR (public relations, editor’s note) and we’ll teach you how to keep your accounts on social networks. You will leave Chechnya feeling like a whole new person.”

Customary of controversies

South African-born Elon Musk had previously thrown his support behind kyiv, tweeting “Ukraine, hold on” beginning of March, while addressing its “friends to the great people of Russia, who do not want” the war.

He also responded to a call for help from a Ukrainian official by activating the Starlink satellite internet service in Ukraine and sending equipment there, to help bring internet connectivity to areas hit by military assaults. Russian.

The billionaire is accustomed to controversy on Twitter, where more than 77 million subscribers follow him.

In February, he accused the regulator of the American Stock Exchange – which had imposed several sanctions on him – of seeking to muzzle his freedom of expression. He also compared Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler in a message of support for opponents of government health restrictions. He then deleted that post.

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