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What Happened to the Clubhouse Invite Elon Musk Sent Vladimir Putin?

Elon Musk and Vladimir Putin | Image credit: Reuters

Elon Musk and Vladimir Putin | Image credit: Reuters

Kremlin said they had not received any response from Elon Musk since his Clubhouse invitation to Putin in February and that the matter had probably been a misunderstanding.

Days after Tesla chief Elon Musk sent a Clubhouse invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kremlin says that the offer has come to nothing.

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that the much-talked-about invitation from Musk for President Putin to join him for a chat on the new social network Clubhouse had come to nothing and that Moscow had not received a response after seeking further details.

Musk last month invited Putin to join him for a chat on Clubhouse, a proposal that the Kremlin described as very interesting, though it said at the time it needed to hear more details.

On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters they had not received any response, however, and that the matter had probably been a misunderstanding.

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Peskov said the matter was now probably closed.

Fans of Musk, who know of him to be eccentric, couldn’t help but wonder if the “misunderstanding” excuse was nothing but a big cover-up.

Earlier, Musk tagged the Kremlin’s Twitter account on Sunday, tweeting: “Would you like (to) join me for a conversation on Clubhouse?” “It would be a great honour to speak with you,” Musk, one of the world’s richest man, added in a follow-up tweet in Russian.

Kremlin had at the time called the proposition “Very interesting”. Spokesman Peskov had at the time in February told reporters on a conference call, “In general, this is, of course, a very interesting proposal, but we need to understand what is meant, what is being proposed… first we need to check, then we will react.”

“We want to figure it out first. President Putin does not personally use social networks directly, he doesn’t have them,” Peskov had said.

Did Musk get cold feet at the prospect of a chat with Putin? We may never know.

Clubhouse, a San Francisco-based app that was launched last year requires newcomers to be invited by existing users before they can join. It offers a selection of audio chat rooms that are divided by topic. Putin, a former KGB officer who once described the Internet as a CIA project, has for years styled himself as suspicious of modern technology.

(With inputs from Reuters)

first published:March 03, 2021, 16:20 IST