Elon Musk’s invitation to chat with Putin online? ‘Very interesting,’ says Kremlin

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An invitation from SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk for Russian President Vladimir Putin to join him for a chat on a social networking app? “Very interesting,” the Kremlin said in response.

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, currently one of the world’s richest man, added in a follow-up tweet in Russian.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov 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.”

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.

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

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The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Dmitry Antonov. Editing by Andrew Osborn and Peter Graff.

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